Converting The Soul

Psalms 19:7
The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple.



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Tuesday, December 01, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (93): So, let us get this straight. Once saved, always saved permits people to be careless about the Ten Commandments. People saved by grace and not by the law, which we agree, also are careless about the Ten Commandments, which keeping of them is the fruit of a saved relationship and not the means. Those saved by faith also disregard the Ten Commandments for fear of working towards Heaven, which we are all in agreement that no one can work their way to Heaven, but James says, “I will shew thee my faith by my works” (James 2:18), which is again, the fruit of a saved relationship and not the means. The means of being saved is Jesus. The fruit of accepting Jesus is obedience through God’s Word and His commandments. It is not something we choose to do (“Have to keep those commandments now”), but rather, it is something we just do (“how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” - Genesis 39:9). In other words, these three ways people think they are saved, dismissing the law, get to serve their own selfish ways, in which, if they feel like obeying, they do, but if they want to do something, they just claim, “I’m not saved by the law anyways” and do it. It sounds like a whole lot of self-serving, yet, we are told from Jesus Himself, “It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Matthew 4:10). And do not give us some excuse that this was towards Satan. Although spoken towards Satan, it is a rule for all created beings. Serving God only is the sanctified and holy life. All selfishness, which any form of sinning, any form of breaking the Ten Commandments, is self-serving. So, who do you serve? God or self?

Monday, November 30, 2020

We have not forgotten the lessons from our garden, and another one recently came to mind. Did you notice with invasive plants that they are not satisfied with coexisting? They seem to try to choke other plants out. This lesson comes from uncontrolled wisteria. These lessons translate to real life in which our character, if it tries to shine by belittling others in any way, we are just as bad as wisteria, which can look beautiful on its own but is not satisfied with that so it chokes everything else around it. People belittle others by exploiting their faults, possibly stealing ideas from others, trying to do anything to draw attention. So, does your recognition come by the demeaning of others, or does your own work speak for itself?

Sunday, November 29, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (92): Revelation 2:11 says, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” The “second death” is the permanent end to the devil and the wicked for “the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8). To escape the second death, a person is to be an overcomer. It does not state any exceptions. That means that those who believe they are already saved while still sinning believing they do not have to overcome their sins are actually misled because if a person is still committing adultery, a person has not overcome adultery. If a person is still stealing, they have not overcome stealing. And the same is true with all of the commandments. To overcome is a holy and sanctified life, and that is what this verse expects from everyone who claims the name of Christ. So, are you an overcomer or are you claiming a title of Christian that does not belong to you?

Friday, November 27, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (91): Jude 1:4 says, “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” So, ministers would come along and take the definition of grace to permit lasciviousness. If one were to look at all six uses of the word “lasciviousness”, it is always in the list of sins. “Sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). Now if grace would be taught as permitting the transgression of the law, and that is a bad thing, that means grace does not permit transgressing of the law. In other words, “Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid” (Romans 6:15). “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31). Basically, grace helps us to live a holy and sanctified life. So, are you listening to the many ministers that teach grace permits sinning and does away with the law, or do you reject such teaching by living a holy and sanctified life that God expects and even empowers us to do so (2 Peter 1:3)?

Friday, November 27, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (91): Jude 1:4 says, “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” So, ministers would come along and take the definition of grace to permit lasciviousness. If one were to look at all six uses of the word “lasciviousness”, it is always in the list of sins. “Sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). Now if grace would be taught as permitting the transgression of the law, and that is a bad thing, that means grace does not permit transgressing of the law. In other words, “Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid” (Romans 6:15). “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31). Basically, grace helps us to live a holy and sanctified life. So, are you listening to the many ministers that teach grace permits sinning and does away with the law, or do you reject such teaching by living a holy and sanctified life that God expects and even empowers us to do so (2 Peter 1:3)?

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Here is the Bible’s version of Thanksgiving. Revelation 12:10-17 says, “10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, [ye] heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. 13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man [child]. 14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. 16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Verse 10 is Jesus Christ, our salvation. Verse 11 is the early church. Verses 12 and 13 are the great persecutions. 14 is the dark ages. 15 is the attack against Protestantism through a flood of people. 16 is the pilgrim experience of coming to America. Verse 17 is how the majority of Christianity would turn upon a small remnant denominated people started in America (Revelation 10) identified by having all Ten Commandments that they live by along with the testimony of Jesus Christ, which “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10), therefore, they are prophet led. Thank God for the earth or unpopular place on earth after the dark ages (end of 1700s) existed for an escape stated by the pilgrims to practice the freedom of Religion, which has greatly disappeared in 2020 beginning to fulfill Revelation 13:11 and onwards, where now the United States becomes the worldwide enforcer on non-Protestant principles, even worship. May God help us in these last days.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (90): 2 John 1:6 says, “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.” And to walk in His commandments is to live a holy and sanctified life. We are up to 90 verse references now that show that there is more than just claiming saved by grace – there is a way a Christian lives. Will you walk after His commandments and not after whatever you feel is right?

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (89): 1 John 1:7 tells us, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” To be cleansed of all sins is the free gift of justification, but it is all contingent upon our response to salvation – “if we walk” or obey “what light” or knowledge we have, then the promises are ours. That is a holy and a sanctified life. There are so many Christians who are deceived because their pastors have not informed them of the whole gospel where there are conditions on this relationship with God. So, are you obeying the gospel message, which is to keep the commandments (Proverbs 6:23) and His Word (Psalms 119:105), or are you just claiming the forgiveness part ignoring the conditions?

Monday, November 23, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (88): Supposed Christians say, “I’m saved by faith; not of works!” Yet Peter says, “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity” (2 Peter 1:5-7). We are to move from justification through the steps of sanctification. Virtue is an expressed character trait. Godliness is clearly holy living, as well as temperance. So, are you adding onto your faith a holy life, or are you a stagnant Christian that will decay?

Sunday, November 22, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (87): 1 Peter 1:6-9 says, “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, [even] the salvation of [your] souls.” Before we get started, the phrase “end of your faith” means “result of your faith”, which equates to faith being something exercised and not simply something we possess. It goes through trials and temptations, as previously stated. A temptation is that of seeing it we are going to sin or not. If the consequence were not to be able to lose eternal salvation by giving into sin, the devil would not tempt us. It is like a game. No one wants to play if one particular person is always going to win and win big. That is what these trials, these temptations are all about. It is to see if we shall give up the faith to enjoy the sinning, but if we continuously “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7), the result of exercising our faith will be salvation. That is the sanctified or holy living of a Christian. So, just how much faith do you have, even exercise? Enough to resist giving into temptations? Able to endure trials that try to make you crack and give up the faith? “He that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22).

Friday, November 20, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (86): James 1:13 states, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” What are people tempted to do? According to Hebrews 4:15, it is to sin. Therefore, to sin is to give into the temptation. The expectation of a Christian is not to give into temptation. Therefore, we are not to sin. And that is the sanctified and holy life of a Christian because we are not just saved but Jesus “shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21) and has. So, do you just sin thinking there is no such thing as temptation? Do you think that giving into temptation is no big deal? Or do you overcome temptations by the power of God living the holy life?

Thursday, November 19, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (85): Hebrews 2:1 says, “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let [them] slip.” If we were saved by justification alone, there would be no need for earnest heed. The earnest heed to the things heard is the sanctification. When we hear that “your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19), we treat it as a temple. To be careless and treat our bodies with gluttony, watching garbage TV, listening to worldly and suggestive music, enjoying life to all hours of the night, etc., we are not taking heed and shall be lost. There are many more verses in the Bible to take earnest heed over to become a holy and sanctified Christian that we are to become for we are commanded “be ye holy” (1 Peter 1:15), and remember, “holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). So, are you taking earnest heed of the things you hear, or are you still stuck on justification (grace) lets you sin?

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (84): Titus 1:7-9 tells us, “For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.” A list of dos and don’ts is clearly outlining a holly and sanctified life, but many skim over the verse and say, “I’m not desiring to be a bishop, so it does not apply to me.” There are two problems with that. First, the reason a bishop is to be blameless is because he is to set the example for the church to follow, to obey. The second is that, unlike today, a bishop was simply chosen from the congregation, and these instructions were given to search among the congregation for one that fits this description. Today, people attend a religious school and upon graduation, they are put into position automatically despite the unconverted character they may have. So, are you following the example blamelessly, which means that there are no practiced transgression towards God, or are you carelessly being a Christian in name only but not “in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18)?

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (83): 2 Timothy 1:9 says, “Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” Obviously, the word “grace” is the reference to the free gift of justification. The word “holy” is in refence to sanctification, but things become unclear when followed up with the words “not according to our works”. Many Christians misunderstand this to refer to being holy in title only but we shall continue in works of sin. That contradicts the number of times that Jesus commanded, “sin no more” (John 5:14). The reason it is not our own works is because even in sanctification, it is not us gritting our teeth and working at it. First, “his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). Second, Jesus “is able to keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24). Third, “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Ephesians 2:10). In other words, the works are the result of a saving relationship, and it is Christ righteousness showing forth because, of ourselves, “I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing” (Romans 7:18). It is not natural for us to do “good works” unselfishly, but once we are connected with Heaven, we have “the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20). So, do you have the power from Heaven to be holy, or are you “denying the power” (2 Timothy 3:5)?

Monday, November 16, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (82): 1 Timothy 1:8-11 states, “But we know that the law [is] good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.” For those that think the law of the Ten Commandments has been done away with, if a person commits a sin, these verses clearly teach that the law is intended for that person. Once we receive the blessings of the gospel as a free gift (justification), we are to become righteous people (sanctification). In other words, we are to be people who have been sanctified by the Word and made holy. We become righteous. The law then is no longer for us because when a person obeys the law, there is no condemnation (Romans 8:1), but if we sin, the law is for us to point out our guilt and need of a Savior. That is all the law can do. The law cannot save us, but for sinners, it has a purpose to direct us to the Savior, who will freely forgive us upon the confession of our sins (1 John 1:9). So, are you sinning thinking the law has been nailed to the cross not realizing that that law reveals what a righteous person is like, or have you gone to the Savior, entered into a saving relationship, and walk before Him in a righteous manner now avoiding sin?

Sunday, November 15, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (81): 2 Thessalonians 2:3 states that in time, even in the last days, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” First of all, one cannot fall away from something they never had. These are people in the faith given to us freely by God. These were people in a saving relationship that become deceived. These are not Jews. Once saved always saved is a lie. The antichrist being a person that takes on the Jews in World War III is a lie. The secret rapture is a lie, which is used to cover up the lie of once saved, always saved. But more importantly, the context tells us that the “falling away” is not simply to stop believing in Jesus. The “man of sin” and the “son of perdition”, also known as antichrist, has the title because people fall away into sin, into perdition. One cannot fall into sin if they are still sinning, which means, these are people who were believing and exercising faith that it is possible to live a holy and sanctified life but now have given it up and now believe that they are saved in their sins instead of from their sins (Matthew 1:21). In fact, it is happening right now to almost all of Christianity, hence why “all the world wondered after the beast” (Revelation 13:3). One does not have to join the antichrist to be a follower of antichrist. So, have you fallen into the lie of continuing to sin, to excusing sin, to explaining away the Ten Commandments, which “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4), or have you rejected those doctrines and by the “divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3) by living a holy and sanctified life?

Friday, November 13, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (80): 1 Thessalonians 1:6 states, “And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.” Justification is found in naming one piece of the fruit, a complete package, of the Holy Spirit – joy (Galatians 5:22-23). One cannot have such joy if they were not freely forgiven of their sins. But regarding sanctification, it is a real shame that today’s Christian do not understand the meaning of words. To be a follower of the Lord is living a holy life. If we used to follow temptation into sinning, we were a follower of self and selfishness along with sin and Satan. Becoming a follower of the Lord even being an “ensample”, which is a living example, shows that sin ceased and obedience began for that is the result of the gospel as compared to those that will be lost: “flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:8). Jesus said, “let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24), and “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Further, “If a man love me, he will keep my words” (John 14:23). So, are you a follower of the Lord being obedient to the commandments and keeping His Word, or are you still following yourself and Satan enjoying the pleasures of the world?

Thursday, November 12, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (79): Colossians 1:10 reveals the affect of the free gift of grace: “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” To sin is not waling worthy nor pleasing God. It is definitely not a “good work” nor does sin increase the knowledge of God. That is clearly living a sanctified and holy life. Seventy-nine verses so far declaring that we are not to live however we please once we become a Christian. Seventy-nine verses so far revealing who a true Christian is. Seventy-nine verses so far also declaring that once a person is saved, they are not always saved if they are still sinning. Today’s popular preaching are ignoring and hiding many verses from their congregation to the detriment of their souls. Are you falling for the deception, or do you live a sanctified and holy life?

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (79): Philippians 1:11 says, “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” Those that are all about being saved freely by grace do not understand the true position. People that live a holy life, a sanctified life, a righteous life do not keep the commandments and give up sins to earn Heaven. Heaven, eternal life, forgiveness is all free. As this verse states though, a righteous and holy life is the fruit of that grace where if our fruit is to continue in sin, that means we truly have not received of God’s grace but are only pretending to be a Christian. As Jesus said, “By their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20). So, is your fruit sin or righteousness to the praise of God?

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (78): Ephesians 1:6 states, “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” The grace of course is the free gift of justification while being made us into what is accepted is the sanctification or holy living part after we receive His grace. Grace does not leave us in our old life of sin; it transforms us into disciplined and obedient follower “Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord” (Ephesians 5:10). Sin is not acceptable to God but the fruit of the Spirit is. So, has God made you into a new creature, or are you still the sinful one living in the muck and mire of sin still?

Monday, November 09, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (77): Galatians 2:18 states, “For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.” So, Paul states that something is destroyed through him. First, the thing that was through Paul was the preaching of the gospel. What does the gospel do? According to the verse, It destroys. What does it destroy? “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8), which of course is sin. So, the works of the devil or sin is destroyed if we receive the gospel. And just to confirm, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). It is the law that we become a transgressor of. Overall, understood properly, the gospel renews a person into living a holy life because sin is destroyed, and if it is not, we become a transgressor again, which means that we are lost. And, in destroying the works of the devil is contained the free gift of forgiveness. So, are you a transgressor again or has the gospel destroyed your life of sin causing you to live a holy and sanctified life?

Sunday, November 08, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (76): 2 Corinthians 1:7 says, “And our hope of you [is] stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so [shall ye be] also of the consolation.” Those that read this verse too quickly miss the hidden “if” condition. First of all, why would anyone be partaking of the sufferings? Saying that one is a Christian most often does not bring on suffering, especially in the United States. It may in certain foreign lands. But what brings on suffering is being a Christian, living a holy and sanctified life. I have never seen a Christian that says they are a Christian suffer when they go along with the crowd. It is those that declare that they cannot participate with the crowd the brings on suffering, persecution, ridicule. The word “consolation” is in reference to receiving the reward at the end of our lives on earth. The consolation is a free gift, but it is only granted to those that partake in the sufferings. Plainly stated, “Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). Living a sanctified life does not earn Heaven, but living a selfish life and lacking the holy living are people who will not receive Heaven. A sanctified life is the result of receiving the free gift. If a person does not get ready to go on a free trip, they are not going, yet the trip is still free. So, do you experience sufferings for your faith because of the holy living, or do you fit well into the ways of the world and hardly are teased about your faith?

Friday, November 06, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (75): The six verses of 1 Corinthians 1:3-8 begins with “Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ” and ends with “Who shall also confirm you unto the end, [that ye may be] blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Clearly the free gift of justification or grace is revealed at the beginning as coming from Jesus Christ, but if someone is truly filled with grace, they will then be transformed into a blameless, holy, sanctified person. So, are you being transformed or are you excusing the sins and still just trying to receive the “free” part?

Thursday, November 05, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (74): Romans 1:7 states, “To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called [to be] saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Grace and peace once again is the free gift from God our Father through Jesus Christ, but the verse also states that we are “called to be saints”. That is not in name only but in actually being a saint, which, saints live a holy and sanctified life. Although the words “to be” are added to the verse by the original translators, supporting verses and context reveals that the Greek understanding of the verse is involving action and not by just a title. So, are you a saint living a holy life, or are you claiming to be a saint in name only?

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (73): Acts 2:38 says, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Repent implies the free gift of forgiveness of sins for simply saying, “I repent” because even be committed to not doing the sins again does not take care of the past sins. Only the forgiveness of Christ can wash away those sins, but the words “repent” and “remission of your sins” are both words describing sanctification for to repent of something means to stop doing it. If someone repents of using the name of God in vain, they stop using the name of God in vain. They do not continue to do so and simply just feel sorry for doing it. And remission of sins is to take away the sins from our life. So, have you truly repented or do you think repentance is merely words but acts do not count? And, has remission of sins occurrent in your life?

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (71): John 1:12-13 states, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” “Born of God” is to be “born again”. This experience is not earned but given in the form of grace, forgiveness of sin, and even the desire to live for Christ, bordering on encompassing both justification and sanctification. But it is made clear that sanctification happens to those born again by stating that God gives “power to become sons of God”, not merely to be declared to be sons of God. There is a big difference in the words “become” and “declared” – one actually happens. Even the sanctification is not wholly our work “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13), but He does not force us to do “His good pleasure”. The “power” gives us strength to live a holy life. To not live a holy life is to be “denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5), which so many deceived Christians do. So, have you received the “power” to actually do of His good pleasure where sin is cast aside, or do you deny that power and just claim the grace part of salvation?

Monday, November 02, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (71): Luke 1:68 says, “Blessed [be] the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people.” Seeing that “there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek” (Romans 10:12), we too have been redeemed by the free gift of Jesus Christ for our salvation sake. But so few understand what the word “redeemed” truly means. It means “deliverance” according to the Bible Lexicon. Luke 11:4 says, “deliver us from evil”. Isaiah 38:17 says, “Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul [delivered it] from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.” Psalms 79:9 says, “Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake.” Galatians 1:4 says, “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.” Basically, we are delivered from our sins, not just the record in Heaven being wiped clean, but also the effects that sin has upon us by ceasing it so we do not continue to destroy our bodies. In other words, God does not just wipe clean the sin of smoking and doing drugs but delivers us by causing us to cease the smoking habit. Not only does God wipe off the record of lying to people, but He removes the lying from us so we are not on the constant run from our lies being found out. To truly be redeemed causes us to stop doing the sin in the first place. Yes, we are freely forgiven to be permitted to enter the freely offered place called Heaven have the free gift of eternal life, but the gospel is more – the holy life so we do not continue to live the results of sin. Now, are you living that “more” part out by ceasing the thing that causes so much harm to the body – sin?

Sunday, November 01, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (70): Mark 2:17 says, “When Jesus heard [it], he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Repentance is not just forgiveness (1 John 1:9) but deliverance (Galatians 1:4) – being given a holy life. That is what Jesus calls all of us to do. So, have you repented or are you still in your sins?

Friday, October 30, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (69): Matthew 4:7 says, “Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” This is after Satan tempted Jesus to perform a purposeful and sinful act of “cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in [their] hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone” (Matthew 4:6). Christians tempt the Lord with their unholy living all of the time. By ignoring the Ten Commandments and careless living yet claiming to be saved by grace and are expecting God, who cast out Adam and Eve for the slightest offense to God’s commandments and the devil and his angels out of Heaven for coveting the throne of God, to simply allow us to walk into Heaven with a history of a ton of sins without repenting for a single one. Many Christians claim to be able to purposely “minister” in questionable places, like bars, parties, and such. Many Christians purposefully ignore God’s statements to casting away every evil before our eyes and every evil entering into our ears claiming that it is powerless entertainment. To avoid purposeful acts of sin and temptation is holy living. We are to do everything that is in our power to control to avoid placing ourselves in tempting situations while claiming God will keep us. So, do you purposely tempt God, or do as Jesus says and keep yourself from purposeful and careless exposure to sin?

Thursday, October 29, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (68): Revelation 2:2 says, “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars.” Today, we can say that many claim to be Christian but are found to be liars. Why? Because they are evil. Continuing in sin and making excuses for sinning is evil (Genesis 50:17). Therefore, this verse clearly teaches to live the holy or sanctified life, but one does not desire such a life unless they were justified. Yes, the justification is well hidden but the focus of these messages is to call upon the many liars to come out of the stupor of being saved only by justification (grace) into the holy life (obeying the commandments). And if you did not take notice, every New Testament book has now, at least twice because we have reached Revelations again, has the same theme – be justified freely but then live in “holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). When we start with Matthew again, for round three, will you shed off that lie of pitting grace against commandment keeping, holy living, and actually live a holy life that God wants to empower you to have?

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (67): Jude 1:3 states, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort [you] that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Having faith “once delivered unto the saints” is the free gift of justification because “by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). However, people read so quickly and miss the sanctification part. We are to “earnestly contend”. That means to give every effort – not just effort but “earnest” effort. That is a daily battle, and if we do not, we have then lost our faith, and so much for “once saved, always saved” because we are not. Only “he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22). So, are you earnestly contending each day as Paul did (1 Corinthians 15:31), or do you just accept the deliverance of faith and going about a mediocre Christian life, which is not the life of Christ or a Christian or of a saved person?

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Both David and Joseph were tempted by a sexual attraction. David fell while Joseph escaped. Why? One reason, of several, is that of how each came upon the incident. Joseph went about his daily duties and it was thrust upon him by no fault of his own (Genesis 39:12). David, taking a late-night stroll on the walking path of the roof of the house (2 Samuel 11:2), was careless. In a sense, David entered into the temptation himself. God protects us during happenstances, but He does not protect us from our own voluntary indulgence. Remember, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]” (1 Corinthians 10:13). So, when temptation arises in your life, have you been careless to cause the temptation and probably will be weak to resist, or was the temptation thrust upon you by no fault of your own and be strengthened to escape?

Monday, October 26, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (66): 3 John 1:11 states the call to sanctification so clearly and the consequences of not having it. The verse begins with “Beloved,” which is the free justification because unbelievers are not addressed this way. To be a “believer” is to have been forgiven of one’s sins (Mark 1:15). Then the verse continues “follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.” Now sin is evil (1 Kings 16:19). Therefore, everyone that says they are saved but sin have not seen God, therefore, the consequence is that they are lost. Those that do righteous deeds is doing good and are of God. Those that try to mix up the two even to the point that they mostly do good deeds are still not having the understanding of God for it is not a matter of being “mostly good”. It is a matter of having all of the evil put away. So, are you of God doing only that which is right and good before God, or are you evil sinning here or there thinking you know God?

Sunday, October 25, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (65): 2 John 1:5 states, “And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.” The word lady can be symbolically a reference to the church, comparing Jeremiah 6:2 to Isaiah 51:16, and no one is part of the church without first receiving the free gift of grace. Then, in today’s verse, we see that we are to keep a commandment. It is the one referring to loving one another. Now God does not leave it to us to determine what love is because even acts of kindness can be used in an evil way, so Jesus said, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:39) and quickly followed with “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:40), which means we are to keep the Ten Commandments. The last six tells us how to love our neighbor, but in the context, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37) also, which is the first four commandments. That is holy or sanctified living. So, do you really love God and one another keeping all Ten Commandments, or do you simply make up your own definition of love allowing sin in people’s lives thinking it is the loving thing to do?

Friday, October 23, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (64): 1 John 1:6, states clearly, “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.” Alright, it may not be clear to some. So restated to the modern wording and application, “If we say that we are saved, and continue in the darkness of sin, we are a liar and are not telling the truth because we are to do the truth.” The “we are saved” or “have fellowship with Him” is the free gift of justification. Failing “to do the truth” is the expected life of sanctification or holy living. So, are you a liar still sinning claiming to be saved, or are you telling the truth by obeying the truth?

Thursday, October 22, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (64): 2 Peter 1:4 says, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” The great and precious promises, like forgiveness of sin and eternal life, are all references to the free gift of justification. Once we receive justification, then we become partakers of the divine nature. Our old sinful, selfish ways die. We then escape from corruption and the lusts of the world, which the slightest effort for gain is classified by lust. It is not the sex addict, the drug addict, the billionaire seeking more money, those seeking power, etc, but it is the simple sinning as well. To set all of the excuses to sin aside having a new nature, that is sanctification. Again, this is yet another verse that clearly teaches and obviously teaches that the free gifts are only part of the whole salvation process. If we are not living a fit life for heaven now, we are not going to be there. So, are you partaking of the divine nature giving up those things the world seeks after, or are you making excuses to continue being entertained by the world, gaining things of the world, etc.?

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (63): 1 Peter 1:3-5 says, “Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” Notice the smooth transition. In verse 3, we have the free abundance of mercy with the free incorruptible inheritance of verse 4. In verse 5, the condition of who receives it quite explicitly laid out, but do realize that all three verses make up one complete sentence. These free gifts are only for those that are kept by the power of God, which is the sanctified or holy living. If we are still breaking the commandments and sinning, we are not being kept. That is pure resistance of the power of God, which is exactly what the last generation on earth would be doing: “denying the power” (2 Timothy 3:5). So, do you deny the power to overcome by continuing in sin, or do you use the power to stop sinning?

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Let me get this right. “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me” (John 14:21). And, “If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed” (John 8:31). “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39). But all those that break God’s commandments, declare to already be saved so the Bible does not apply to them, declare that the Bible has errors or unable to be comprehended, do not think they are the deceived ones? So, the devil has Christians attacking the commandments and the Word of God and they think they are on God’s side. There is something wrong with this picture. Now, are you enduring the insults as you keep the commandments and obey God’s Word, or have you been deceived to the fake Christian side who are actually wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15)?

Monday, October 19, 2020

We are not done with the series on sanctification but thought we would work another topic in. If pushing a theory that involves the elimination of scripture, including whole books, should that not be alarming? People avoid the book of James because of how “works oriented” it is. Some love the gospel of John but shun first, second, and third John because it too looks to be “works oriented”. That is not the only book. There are people that believe the books of Matthew and Hebrews are for Jews only. What utter nonsense! “There is no difference between the Jew and the Greek” (Romans 10:12). People are even taught that when too many scriptures are involved that it confuses people. No. The theory is confusing. So, does what you believe require ignoring other scriptures?

Sunday, October 18, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (62): James 1:12 is one of the clearest text that shows conditional salvation. Too bad most Christians are taught to ignore the book of James. The condition is based upon sanctification to receive justification. “Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” We are to endure and not give into temptation, which is the sanctification or holy living part. What do we receive if successful? The free gift of the “crown of life”. Remember, it is like receiving a free ticket to go somewhere, but if you do not prepare for the trip and show up on time, you will not be going. The “crown of life” is that free ticket to eternal life paid for by the blood of Jesus alone (1 John 1:7). Enduring temptation is that of not giving into sin. And for those that think once they are saved and cannot be lost, the Bible further states, “hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown” (Revelation 3:11). How is that possible when no man can pluck us from the hand of God (John 10:28-29)? That is where temptation comes in at. Humans tempt humans not realizing they are acting as agents of Satan, or sometimes they do know. And when we stop doing John 10:27, we give into temptation. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” The voice is now in our hands called the Bible. When we stop obeying or following the Bible, we have given into the temptation and followed man by choice. We then no longer have God’s protection because we chose to follow temptation instead. So, how are you doing in enduring temptations?

Friday, October 16, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (61): Hebrews 1:9 says, “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, [even] thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” Now many will point out that this applies to Jesus, and yes it does, but we are told “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6). Besides, what is the Holy Spirit supposed to do for us? “When he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). To reprove us of sin is to cause us to hate sin or iniquity. To reprove us of righteousness is to develop the love for righteousness. Therefore, to come to the realization of needing to hate iniquity and love righteousness, implies that justification has taken place, because if we are not fully forgiven of past sins, it does not matter about a holy life. We would not hate sin and love righteousness because it would be worthless. Upon being forgiven, we would be disgusted by sin because that is what nailed Jesus to the cross. We would love God’s righteous ways and want to live those ways. That is sanctification. That is holy living. So, how much do you hate sin and love righteousness, or are you tolerant of sin and do not want to be too “goody”? Mediocre Christianity is not hating iniquity.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (60): Philemon 1:6 states, “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” The faith and Christ Jesus being in us are references to the justification that is free from Heaven. Our communication, which is not restricted to speaking or writing, but in character and how we conduct ourselves, along with “every good thing” are references to sanctification or a holy life. We either communicate and show those good things representing Jesus Christ, Who is to be in our hearts, or we communicate sin and selfishness representing Satan, who then must actually be in our heart. And our heart is not to be shared. If it is, despite any good shown, we are actually allowing Satan to have the heart. So, who is in you? Christ or Satan? Good or evil? Righteousness or sinfulness?

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (59): In Titus 1:2, we are made aware of the free gift of eternal life which no one can earn since the promise came before even the existence of Adam and Eve: “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began”. Then Paul turns around in verse 6 and states, “If any be blameless…”. Now, some would argue that this was addressed to picking an elder or bishop. Although it is in the context, we have to realize that an elder or bishop was to example a Christian life and was chosen from among the congregation and not simply attending some school for a doctorate degree and automatically be assigned to the position despite being unconverted as if it were just a job. Therefore, the congregation was to actually be blameless and not given into having more than one wife and having unruly children. That blameless status is the holy living or sanctification. Any that continued to attend church and were living an unchristian lifestyle were needing their lives cleaned up before they can actually receive the gift of eternal life, much like a person giving another person a free ticket to go on a trip. The person receiving the ticket ought to change out of their pajamas into clothing suitable for traveling, along with packing the appropriate things for the trip. The trip is free but the preparation takes a bit of work. That is the relationship of justification and sanctification. Justification is free while cleaning up a person’s life so as to dwell with sinless beings takes a bit of work. Now, are you striving to be blameless to show the world the power of God or careless showing the power of Satan?

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (58): 2 Timothy 1:8 contains both sanctification (holy living) and justification (forgiveness of our sins and a clean record before God). “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God.” The gospel includes the message of how “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). That is justification that Heaven alone provides, and we can do nothing for the saving part. But, the purpose of the “power of God”, which “his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). Godliness is sanctification. So, do have the gospel according to the power of God showing that a person is saved and held from sinning (Jude 24), or do you just have a powerless gospel that really does not provide salvation but sounds good?

Monday, October 12, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (57): 1 Timothy 1:5 states, “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and [of] a good conscience, and [of] faith unfeigned”, and a lot of Christians misunderstand that “the end” is not referring to being over because then God does not exist anymore for James 5:11 states “have seen the end of the Lord”. The word “end” means result, in this case. The result of keeping the commandments is love. If a person keeps the commandments to get into Heaven, they will be lost. Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Now with that understood, 1 Timothy 1:5 means that commandment keeping still is to happen, and that is sanctification or holy living. So, have you cast away the love of God (first four commandments) and love to the neighbor (last six commandments), or do you love God and neighbor keeping the commandments (Matthew 22:37-40)?

Sunday, October 11, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (56): In 2 Thessalonians 2:1-10, there is a real concern that God’s people not fall away. That means the “once saved, always saved” theology is a lie because people can choose to leave the protective hand of God (John 10:28-29) if they stop listening to His voice and stop following or obeying Him, which is the opposite of the condition to accept that promise of protection (John 10:27). What causes people to fall away? Giving up holy living. This is stated in those verses in a number of ways. The words “son of perdition” and “man of sin” or “man of breaking the commandments” (1 John 3:4) gets the title by “breaking one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so” (Matthew 5:19) and by “laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men” (Mark 7:8). The words “the mystery of iniquity” is exactly why people are lost when Jesus comes despite the use of Jesus’ name to work miracles (Matthew 7:21-23). The word “iniquity” is another word inclusive of sinning. The word “wicked” is the title that is used for all those that choose to sin. And “unrighteousness” is the opposite of “righteous” living, which God’s law is what defines righteousness. So, have you fallen away from the truth of obedience into a life of excusing sin while claiming to be saved, or are you staying in obedience to the commandments by the grace of God?

Friday, October 09, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (55): 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 states, “Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.” The gospel is not in word only that you are forgiven of your sins (free gift of justification) but in power, as in the “divine power” (2 Peter 1:3), to continue in the “election of God” (sanctification or holy living) as opposed to electing to sin, live for self, etc. The “manner” in which we live determines that election every day. If we choose to sin, we elect Satan and are lost. If we choose obedience, we elect God and are saved. We expected the Thessalonians to stop their idol worship and worship God. How much more should we put away the idol of eating whatever we want, choose to worship according to God’s way, get rid of watching Hollywood garbage, stop listening to worldly music, etc.? So, which do you elect every day, all day?

Thursday, October 08, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (54): Colossians 1:5 states the free gift of justification or forgiveness of our sins “For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel.” That hope is “the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:7), of course, which we cannot earn. Then if we accept that gift, Paul goes on to write in the very next verse, “Which is come unto you, as [it is] in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as [it doth] also in you, since the day ye heard [of it], and knew the grace of God in truth” (Colossians 1:6). That fruit is a changed life, meaning, we “should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance” (Acts 26:20). Those good works are commandment keeping, being the Christian described in Galatians 5:22-23, and overall, repenting or stopping the sinning in our life. So, do you only live on hope, or does the gospel hope also give you power to produce the fruit of obedient works?

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (54): Philippians 1:7 uses the justification wording by stating, “confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.” Then shortly after, in Philippians 1:10 appears the sanctification or holy living expectation by stating, “That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.” Sin is offensive. We are to live without offence; therefore, we are to live without sinning. So, are you offensive in excusing sins in your life, or are you careful to cease from all sinning by the divine power (2 Peter 1:3) of God?

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (53): Ephesians 1:3 contains the free act of justification by stating, “Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ.” Those spiritual blessings in Christ is the grace necessary to be washed from our sins. Then in Ephesians 1:4 is the call to holy or sanctified living: “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.” To be holy and without blame is to cease from sin because it is sins committed that causes the blame, having stain on our soul. Too many Christians are all about verse 3 when verse 4 clearly shows the life after being filled with grace. In other words, if a person has grace (verse 3), they will live a holy and blameless life (verse 4). So, are you living such a holy and blameless life, or are you stilling sinning claiming only the grace part of verse 3 and not accepting verse 4?

Monday, October 05, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (52): So many Christians read Galatians 2:16 and stop and are misled into “another gospel” (Galatians 1:6). “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” And we agree. No law keeping can justify a single person. It is a free gift. There is nothing we can do to become justified. It is everything that Jesus has done. But, if we read Galatians 2:17, it says, “But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, [is] therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.” God does not then encourage us to sin, which “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). Justification is the forgiveness of our sins not to continue to sin but to continue in the law obediently, otherwise, if we state that we are free from obeying the law for the rest of the days, God is then the minister of sinning contributing to the world’s problems. So, which gospel do you listen to? The one that permits sinning and is of the devil, or the one that freely forgives all of our transgressions so that we then can live a blameless life in obedience the rest of our days?

Sunday, October 04, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (51): 2 Corinthians 1:2 clearly teaches the free gift of justification by stating, “Grace [be] to you and peace from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ.” The sanctification is not as blatant but in the opening verses, it is stated more than once with the words of “suffering”, “consolation”, “enduring”, “suffering”, “in tribulation”, and especially “salvation”. Our salvation is affected by the fact that we either endure these things, or we compromise or lie or change to accommodate the persecutors. Some even go has far as renouncing their faith with fingers crossed! Jesus said, “But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:33). Therefore, living the uncompromised, non-lying, non-changing practice like Daniel, is the sanctified life. Anything short of it is an unsanctified, unholy life and that supposed Christian will be lost for Jesus said, “whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 16:25). We are not eternally saved the day we say so. It is a daily living of that choice (1 Corinthians 15:31). If one day we stop listening to Jesus and stop following him and become selfish doing our own thing, we just walked ourselves out of the protective hand of Christ (John 10:27-29). So, are you enduring affliction or giving into it?

Friday, October 02, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (50): It must be a purposeful agenda on the ministers part that want large congregations (Jude 1:4) and the people wanting an easy gospel (2 Timothy 4:3) because 1 Corinthians 1:2 is so blatant in stating that both sanctification (holy living) and justification (free gift of God) are part of a true Christian experience: “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called [to be] saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.” Clearly the word “sanctified” and “to be saints” are stated. Sanctification is not a declaration but rather who we are – a person living a holy life. That is what “be saints” means and not just “called saints”. Now, all that “call upon the name of Jesus” is the justification part for “whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). So, are you a saint living a holy life obeying the standards of God, or are you an “in name only” Christian living a life sinning here or there and disregarding God’s commandments, which defines what sin is?

Thursday, October 01, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (49): Romans 1:5 states, “By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name.” Grace is justification and obedience is sanctification (holy living). Now, before anyone dismisses this verse as not pertaining to them declaring to not be an apostle, verse 6 states, “Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ.” Every follower of Jesus Christ is expected to receive the free gift of grace and be in obedience. So, again, are you just claiming grace, or do accept both grace and obedience as salvation?

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (48): Acts 1:8 tells us that those present and even to this day “shall receive power” making us to be “witnesses”. This power of the Holy Spirit is “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). That is the best witness of the gospel – a godly life. So, how is your witness? [Now, that is 4 dozen references in the New Testament expecting a godly, holy, sanctified life! Are you living such a life or are you stuck still on just being forgiven of sins while still sinning?]

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (47): John 1:7 says, “The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all [men] through him might believe.” The reason why people cannot see that the expectation of living a sanctified or holy life being stated throughout the entire Bible, especially in the New Testament is because they do not know how to study the Bible. They see this verse and simply say, “John pointed to Jesus being the Messiah.” Come on folks. Who the light happens to be is our justification that is freely given, but what does the light do? “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved” (John 3:19-20). The light causes us to stop doing the evil. In plain speaking, John 1:7 draws us to Jesus Who saves but also causes us to stop sinning. So, have you come to the light, or do you just look at the light and claim to be saved?

Monday, September 28, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (46): Referring to Zacharias and Elisabeth, Luke wrote, “And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless” (Luke 1:6). Before anyone dismisses this verse to say that it is a time before the cross, keep in mind, Luke is writing well after the cross and making note of it. People do not make note of things unless it has some impact upon the message to be considered. Further, we are told, “be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2 Peter 3:14). And Paul wrote, “[I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Obviously, keeping the commandments is a sanctified and holy lifestyle. The justification is in reference to being “righteous before God” because “all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). Only God can make us righteous. So, are you walking blameless or are you walking in sin?

Sunday, September 27, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (45): Jesus preached, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). Believe the gospel is accepting the free justification or forgiveness of our sins and the promise of eternal life. To repent is to stop sinning, which is the sanctified life or holy living. We stop sinning because if we repent and continue in sinning then we really did not repent. So, have you truly repented of your sins?

Friday, September 25, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (44): In Matthew 4:4, Jesus said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” This is what Jesus lived by. This is what Jesus taught. Nothing suggests that this was for the Jews only but after the cross things changed. In fact, John later states, “the word of God abideth in you” (1 John 2:14). To live by every word is a holy and sanctified life. Today, that Word is in the form of the scriptures. Of course, only a justified person would want to live God’s Word. An unbeliever would not. So, are you living by every word or are you excusing it claiming you are just saved?

Thursday, September 24, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (43): 3 John 1:8 tells us, “We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.” To have fellowship means that at some point the person was baptized, which includes the remission of sins or free gift of justification. To continue in fellowship, everyone is expected to live in obedience to the truth. That is sanctification because if one person decides to ignore the commandments and spouts off foul words, the other person will not be able to continue in fellowship. Sin divides. So, are you part of chaos by freely doing whatever youi desire, or are you disciplined submitting to obeying the truth?

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (42): In 2 John, the order of things are reversed. Sanctification is mentioned first in 2 John 1:1 by saying, “I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth”, where to be in the truth and known the truth is to experience and live the truth. 2 John 1:2 states, “For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.” Again, that is holy living talk for truth to dwell in us. Then, 2 John 1:3 states, “Grace be with you, mercy, [and] peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love” is all justification talk, which is free from God. So, despite the sequence out being of order, it does not negate the fact that clearly we are to be both justified freely and live a sanctified or holy life. Now, is the truth dwelling in you or does sin dwell in you?

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (40): 2 Corinthians 13:5 tells us, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” Not only does this refute being saved by justification alone separate from sanctification, but it also refutes the “once saved, always saved” mentality and belief. We are only in the faith initially because of being justified freely by Jesus Christ, but to continuously examine ourselves to see if we are still in the faith avoiding being a reprobate is the sanctified or holy living. If we are actively sinning and call ourselves a Christian, we are a reprobate. We are a disgrace and bring ill repute to the name of Christ. In other words, if we are actively sinning, we are outside of the faith, we are reprobates, and we shall be lost. So, are you in or out of the faith currently?

Monday, September 21, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (40): In 1 John 1:3, we are told that “our fellowship [is] with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ”, but then in 1 John 1:5, we are told “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” To have fellowship with the Father means that our past life of sinning has been freely forgiven and washed clean because sin is what separates us from Him. That is justification. That is something we cannot earn. But to stay in fellowship means that we stay in the light and not go into any darkness. That is sanctification, even a holy life because “every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved” (John 3:20). So, are you being kept in the light or do you dabble in darkness stepping out of fellowship with the Father and the Son?

Sunday, September 20, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (39): 2 Peter 1:1 tells us “to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” and verse 2 says, “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.” All of this is justification language, which is what everyone ought to believe. It is free from God. But then in verse 3, it says, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue”, which is a continuation of the statement as verse 2 ended with only a comma. It contains the “divine power” which produces a life of “godliness”. That is the expected sanctified or holy life after receiving justification. Those that end the thought on verse 2 become those predicted to be “denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5). They do not think they can live a godly life, overcome sin. So, are you accepting of the divine power to overcome all of your sins or denying the power?

Friday, September 18, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (38): In 1 Peter 1:2 explicitly states, “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.” Grace and peace, even the blood of Jesus Christ, are all references to being justified, which is an act of God that we cannot earn. But clearly, justification leads to the sanctification by the power of the Holy Spirit unto obedience, the obedience of the Ten Commandments because the Holy Spirit “will reprove the world of sin”, which is the breaking of the commandments, ”and of righteousness”, which is the obeying of the commandments, “and of judgment” of which the commandments are the standard God uses to judge. So, how are you doing on the obedience part?

Thursday, September 17, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (37): James 1:2-4 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing [this], that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” To be part of the brethren is to have become a Christian, which means, “repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15) of which “he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). That is justification. But to become perfect through experience, especially going through temptations, wanting or needing nothing more spiritually, is sanctification. So, do you let the challenges in life shape a godly character, or are you just as impatient as all other unbelievers?

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (36): Do people really believe in Hebrews 1:3? “Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Jesus did this freely as a gift to us sinners. He came as predicted by the Word, withstood sin, died a horrible death, rose from the dead, and ascended into Heaven. We accept this by faith, which brought us grace, however, if we are truly purged of our sins, that means “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). So, has sin been purged from you, or does sin continue in your life?

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (35): Philemon 1:3 brings out the usual justification introduction of “Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”, which is unearnable. Then in Philemon 1:5, Paul brings out the sanctification or holy living by stating, “Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints.” It may not be obvious, but Love to Jesus or God and towards the saints, which are also our neighbors, should remind us of what Jesus said: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40). The law refers to the Ten Commandments. Therefore, it is expected that we keep the first four commandments if we love God and the last six if we love our neighbor. So, how is your love to Jesus and your neighbor?

Monday, September 14, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (34): Titus 1:1 states, “Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness.” This verse is not just about Paul but to all who are part of God’s elect, the saved. We receive the gift of faith, even the free gift of justification by faith, then we, as part of the sanctified life, acknowledge what truth is as we learn it and form a character after godliness. So, do you acknowledge truth when you see it and live according to it unto godliness?

Sunday, September 13, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (33): According to 2 Timothy 1:2, it is stated once again, “Grace, mercy, [and] peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord”, which is the free gifts of Justification with God. Then in verse 7, Paul states, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). That power is no special power only to apostles or ministers but to everyone. Peter tells us, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). It is the power to live a life unto godliness, which is the sanctification or holy living. So, how are you living your life? To God or self?

Friday, September 11, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (32): In 1 Timothy 1:2, Paul states, “Grace, mercy, [and] peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord”, which is freely given to us from God and acknowledged as justification, but then in verse 3, Paul states, “that they teach no other doctrine”, which means that we are to all believe the same doctrine and live by those doctrines, which is the introduction to a holy or sanctified life. Then in verse 4, Paul states, “godly edifying which is in faith: [so do]”, which again is equated with a holy or sanctified life. So, how is your godly edifying or living, or are you living to your own ways?

Thursday, September 10, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (31): 2 Thessalonians 1:2-3 states “Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth.” Again, grace and peace come to us freely as a gift from God that we cannot earn known as justification. But upon receiving God’s grace, it changes people to the point that “charity” “aboundeth”. At first glance, sanctification or holy living is not so apparent but it is there for Peter wrote, “beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity” (2 Peter 1:5-7). We cannot obtain charity if we do not have faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, and brotherly kindness first. Virtue, temperance, patience, godliness, and even brotherly kindness are all part of a sanctified or holy living. So, does charity abound in your life?

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (30): 1 Thessalonians 1:3 says, “Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.” Faith is believing in the gift of grace and forgiveness for if one does not believe they are forgiven, there is no faith. To “work” and to “labor” is the expected holy life after receiving the free gift. So, what work, what labor are you doing?

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (29): Galatians 1:3-5 says, “Grace [be] to you and peace from God the Father, and [from] our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Grace and peace along with Christ giving Himself for our sins is all freely given to us from Heaven whereby we are freely forgiven of our sins, but once again, the expectation of God is that we would then be delivered from the evil world where the world full of evil does not draw us to sin in any form giving glory to God for His divine power He so willingly gives us. In other words, this is the holy and sanctified life. So, have you been delivered from the evil world or are you still drowning in your sins by continuing in them?

Monday, September 07, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (28): Colossians 1:2 says, “To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” One cannot be a saint without receiving the grace and peace from God which is the free gift of justification. At the same time, one cannot be faithful if they are not living a holy life. To give into temptation is not faithful. It is like handing someone some food to hold and asking them not to eat any of it and to protect it from others trying to get at it. Upon returning to this friend and noticing that some of the food is missing due to not being in self-control, we would obviously say that such a person is not faithful. The same is true with our bodies. We have been given these bodies to “be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). If we are using the bodies in sinful ways, then we are not faithful. So, how faithful are you in resisting sin?

Sunday, September 06, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (27): Hebrews 12:14 says, “Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” Now this is absolutely clear. The “peace” is God’s justification where sin used to separate but is no longer part of the life as it is washed away, freely forgiven. The peace is not the act of just “getting along” or “compromising” but keeping sin out of the relationship. On the second half of the verse, it is not only clear that holy living is expected, but if we do not have the peace and do not have holiness, we shall not see God. We will not be saved. So, how is your relationship with fellow human beings? Is it just like everyone else’s experience or is it of a heavenly origin?

Thursday, September 03, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (26): Matthew 12:36-37 states, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” At first glance, it looks like actions or words are being judged and the verses lack grace, however, both justification and sanctification are in these verses. Jesus taught that a person would be justified. That is the grace, the free gift. There is nothing we can do to earn justification. Despite our past sins, Jesus is “to present [you] faultless” (Jude 24). However, justification is not for those that will continue in their sins, even in speaking. Therefore, justification will only be applied to those that now have ceased idle words, ceased the foul mouth, ceased telling lies, ceased speaking in idolizing ways, etc. That is holy living and if we are not speaking in a holy or respectful way, we shall be condemned no matter how long we have claimed to be a Christian. That is what Jesus said. So, what do your words reveal your future will be? Receiving free justification or being condemned?

Thursday, September 03, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (26): Matthew 12:36-37 states, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” At first glance, it looks like actions or words are being judged and the verses lack grace, however, both justification and sanctification are in these verses. Jesus taught that a person would be justified. That is the grace, the free gift. There is nothing we can do to earn justification. Despite our past sins, Jesus is “to present [you] faultless” (Jude 24). However, justification is not for those that will continue in their sins, even in speaking. Therefore, justification will only be applied to those that now have ceased idle words, ceased the foul mouth, ceased telling lies, ceased speaking in idolizing ways, etc. That is holy living and if we are not speaking in a holy or respectful way, we shall be condemned no matter how long we have claimed to be a Christian. That is what Jesus said. So, what do your words reveal your future will be? Receiving free justification or being condemned?

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (25): 2 John 1:3-4 says, “Grace be with you, mercy, [and] peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.” Grace, mercy, peace are free gifts of justification from God. We receive grace because we have sinned. We receive mercy because we ought to die for those sins (Romans 6:23). And we are at peace because sin has been removed from our relationship that cuts us off from God. But then the expectation is to be walking or obeying the truth. That is holy living. That is sanctification. So, how are you walking? Still in sinful paths or on the righteous and narrow way (Matthew 7:14)?

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (24): 1 Corinthians 15:1 says, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand.” To receive the gospel is to receive the free gift of justification. To stand is to take a firm action against all those things that work against the gospel, primarily against sin, for the Bible says, “stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). That is sanctification or holy living. So, are you relying only on receiving the gospel, or are you also taking a stand for Christ ceasing the participation in the wiles of the devil – sin?

Monday, August 31, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (23): [The number 21 was used when 22 should have been.] 1 John 3:18 says, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” Being a child of God means we are no longer a child of Satan. We have been freely forgiven of our sins, but it is not enough to simply say, “I’m saved!” We now live in deed and in truth, which is a sanctified life – holy living. So, are you being a Christian in deed and in truth, or just claiming to be a Christian?

Sunday, August 30, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (21): 1 Corinthians 12:13 says, “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” To be baptized is to have been justified, for baptism is the outward action of accepting Jesus Christ who freely washes away all of our sins (Revelation 1:5), but then to drink into one Spirit is to walk after the Spirit and not the flesh (Romans 8:1, 4). So, are you drinking of the one Spirit, or are you drinking of what the world has to offer?

Friday, August 28, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (21): Ephesians 2:1 states, “And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins.” By the gift of grace or justification, Jesus saved or quickened us. The status afterwards is that we “were dead in trespasses and sins”. This is past tense telling us that the present condition is that we are no longer in trespasses and sins for we live a holy or sanctified life now. So, how are you living?

Thursday, August 27, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (20): 1 Corinthians 13:7 says, “Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” This is the twentieth verse so far that calls for holy living and not this worldly lifestyle that so many Christians live and claim to be saved. That is twenty verses purposely misunderstood or they would stop being worldly. In this case, to “believe all things” is our free gift of justification, which we cannot earn, for “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” (Acts 16:31). However, to “endure all things” is our call to sanctification or holy living for “Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him” (James 1:12). If we give into the temptation of sin and living worldly, we are not enduring. Therefore, we need to resist worldliness and sinning. That is holy living. So, how is your endurance? Do you have any?

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

BACK TO OUR GARDEN FOR A MOMENT: Did you ever notice that weeds grow up faster than good plants? It is easy to sin but a lot more difficult to cultivate a holy life. In fact, when a person gives into a sin just once, it can set a person back spiritually for days or weeks or longer. Future temptations become stronger and resistance takes a whole lot more energy. So, how careful are you to not be indulging just a little?

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (19): In Philippians 1:2, Paul reveals the free grace bestowed upon the Philippians by stating, “Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ”, however, continuing his greeting, he eventually states, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6), which is the sanctification part. We do not become instantly holy upon receiving the justification or forgiveness of our past sins nor are we to stay at that point in our character. Holy living is a growing in knowledge process. Nonetheless, it is growing to higher standards by letting off known sins and learning what other things in our life is considered sin and then leaving that off too. So, are you advancing in your holy living removing all sins in your life, or are you still the same sinful or maybe only slightly better person than before becoming a Christian?

Monday, August 24, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (18): 2 Thessalonians 1:12 says, “That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Grace is freely given to us from God through Jesus Christ, but the expectation is then to glorify Christ afterwards. This is the sanctification part – holy living. While sinning, we glorify Satan showing that his ways are stronger in us than God’s, therefore, to glorify Christ, we are to stop sinning and live in obedience. So, who do you glorify?

Sunday, August 23, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (17): 2 Corinthians 5:14 says, “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead.” Jesus dying to save us is the free gift of grace being justified or declared to be faultless (Jude 1:24). Being constrained is the holy living or sanctification. If we don not sense a restrictive life from sinning then we are not only lacking that love of Christ but also the grace of Jesus dying for us. So, do you feel guilty for sinning, have confessed your sins, and by the power of God constrained the body from continuing therein?

Friday, August 21, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (16): Ephesians 2:5 says, “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)”. We are saved by grace, which is the justification part, but notice who receives it: Those that “were dead in sins” not “are dead in sins”. We stop sinning. That is sanctification. That is holy living. So, are you still dead in your sins, or are you alive in Christ leaving your sins behind?

Thursday, August 20, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (16): 3 John 1:4 says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” Yesterday, we realized that not every Christian is a child of God. Many are the child of Satan. Those who have their sins forgiven and repent of doing the sin are the children of God. And what is that expectation today? To walk in truth. If we do not walk in truth, again, we are not His children but Satan’s. Walking in the truth is the sanctified life for we are told from Jesus, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). So, do you walk in the truth or your own feelings?

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVE BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (15): 1 John 3:10 says, “In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.” Here we see that not every Christian is a child of God nor is every created human being a child of God. Those that do righteousness, which is holy living, which is a sanctified life are the children of God. And then, to be called a child of God means that God has freely forgiven us of our sins, which is the justification part. So, are you doing righteousness or unrighteousness, which is called sin?

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVE BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (14): James 2:21 “Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?” First off, the notion that people of the Old Testament are saved differently than the New Testament is an utter lie. If James can hold up Abraham as an example, Christians ought to throw away the “Christian dispensation” theory. In other words, they were not saved by commandment keeping and we by grace. Both need grace, but we do not receive it without holy or sanctified living, just as is brought out here. Works save no one, but works gives evidence of being saved. So, how are your works?

Monday, August 17, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVE BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (13): Revelation 2:10 ends with “be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” The crown of life is the free gift. We will be justified freely to receive it, but being faithful, with forgiveness of our sins, is the living of a sanctified life. It also shows that the “once saved, always saved” is false. If we are not faithful, we are not saved. Now, what does it mean to be faithful? “And from Jesus Christ, [who is] the faithful witness, [and] the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” (Revelation 1:5). From this verse, we learn that we are witnessing our faithfulness, as in, not going against God’s will but doing only God’s will. Further, being washed from our sins is the focus of our witness, even our faithfulness. We are unfaithful when we choose to sin. We are faithful and showing a perfect witness when we are tempted to sin and do not. So, are you a faithful witness or poor example of a Christian?

Sunday, August 16, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVE BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (13): Matthew 7:17 states, “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.” An example of good fruit would be “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). An example of evil fruit would be sin (Psalms 51:4). Therefore, to be a “good tree” it must be a tree receiving God’s free grace to forgive the sinner, but the expectation is that the tree would remain good after being planted and bear good fruit from the Spirit. If such continues to sin, that would be bad fruit, and “Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire” (Matthew 7:19). So, which do you have? Good or bad fruit? Keep in mind, a mixture of both good and bad fruit is still bad for “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit” (Matthew 7:18), which means, the good fruit we think we have is actually evil.

Friday, August 14, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVE BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (12): 1 John 2:6 states, “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” Many people claim to abide in God’s grace, in His mercy, and in His love. If that is true, and you claim it, which is the justification part, do you then live the sanctified life, which is to obey (walk) as Jesus did (walked), avoiding sin and “doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21)?

Thursday, August 13, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVE BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (11): Jude 1:1-2 says, “Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, [and] called: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.” To receive God’s mercy and His peace is to be forgiven of sins freely for His mercy is a gift, but notice the verse states “them that are sanctified”. That is not some future time like when we get to Heaven. That is a “now” experience to be holy. So, has God made you holy, or are you still excusing sins in your life?

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVE BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (10): John 17:14 says, “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” What word is given from the Father through Jeuss? “For this [is] the word of promise” (Romans 9:9). What promise? The verse prior says, “That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these [are] not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed” (Romans 9:8). To be counted for the seed is to have received freely of the justification from God. But that is only half of John 17:14. The other half states that “they are not of the world”, which is holy or sanctified living. So, are you participating in worldly ways, even what the Bible declares to be sinful but declaring that such sins are not so bad, or are you shunning the ways of the world, counting every deviation from God’s will as sin?

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

TRUTH ABOUT BEING SAVED IN THAT JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION GO TOGETHER (9): 1 Thessalonians 5:23 states, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The “very God of peace” is peace between us and God where sin does not separate. Therefore, the only way this is possible is to accept the free gift of forgiveness and being justified before God as if we did not sin (Jude 1:24), which is made only possible by our crucified Savior. But the verse also states that our whole spirit, soul, and body are to be kept blameless from that moment forward. That is a call to holy living, and that is a call to live a sanctified life showing that we are not saved only by justification but sanctification as well. So, are you living the blameless, sinless life, or a careless one?

Monday, August 10, 2020

TRUTH ABOUT BEING SAVED IN THAT JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION GO TOGETHER (8): Romans 8:3-4 says, “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” God sent Jesus to justify, wash away our sins, then we are to not walk after the fleshy, inklings, desires that our body crave but after the Holy Spirit that guides us into truth (John 16:13) and convict us of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8), the sanctified or holy life. So, how do you walk after being saved? Claiming to just be saved and still sinning, or walking after the power of the Holy Spirit and not sinning, in fact, even keeping the law?

Sunday, August 09, 2020

TRUTH ABOUT BEING SAVED IN THAT JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION GO TOGETHER (7): Romans 6:15-16 says, “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Being under grace is the justification, the free forgiveness of our sins, while the yielding afterwards is the choice of sanctification. Will we by choice now choose to continue to sin and die the second death or live an obedient holy life receiving Christ’s righteousness, the sanctification part? What do you choose?

Friday, August 07, 2020

TRUTH ABOUT BEING SAVED IN THAT JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION GO TOGETHER (6): 1 Corinthians 13:6 states, “Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.” The Bible also says, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). Therefore, do not be excited to commit sins (justification) but be excited to obey the truth by obeying the Word of God (sanctification). To “rejoice not” is a polite way of the Bible saying that we ought to hate sin. So, do you hate sin and love to obey God’s Word?

Thursday, August 06, 2020

TRUTH ABOUT BEING SAVED IN THAT JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION GO TOGETHER (5): 1 John 3:9 says, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” “Born of God” is the born-again experience in which Jesus declared to be the repentant experience, which includes asking for forgiveness of our sins. That request is justification. Then once we are justified or “born of God” now, we choose not to sin because it glorifies God to be living sinless by the power of God. The thought of purposely choosing to sin is appalling, hence whey it is said, “he cannot sin”. This is the sanctified life. It is not that we cannot actually do the sin; it is the fact that sin is abhorrent to us, and we would not entertain the thought of sinning. So, are you carelessly sinning, or have you come to the point that sin in all of its levels that humans have created is abhorrent to you?

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

TRUTH ABOUT BEING SAVED (4): Romans 6:6 states, “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Our past life being crucified is justification because crucifying involves the cross in which “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3). And then by not serving sin, we are now living a sanctified and holy life. Once again, a verse read too quickly misses the call to both the free gift of justification but the demand to be sanctified. In other words, we do not continue sinning, but do you?

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

TRUTH ABOUT BEING SAVED (3): John 5:14 states, “Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” Being made whole is not only a physical healing but, as often was the case, a forgiving of sins. That is justification. No one can earn it. It is a gift. Then Jesus says, and it is said to all who Jesus makes whole, including us, “Sin no more”. That is sanctification. So, while you appreciate that Jesus freely forgives, do you obey His command to go and sin no more by the power of His strength?

Monday, August 03, 2020

TRUTH ABOUT BEING SAVED (2): 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 says, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” This is the clearest text revealing the two parts of salvation: justification and sanctification. We are freely justified by Jesus Christ for all the sins we ever committed, as a partial list was provided, but each of us have our own sins that haunt us from the past and can be forgiven of those as well. Now, we do not just say, “Thank you Jesus for saving me” and think we can do as we please for the verse states that upon being saved, the Christian no longer does those things as the phrase “were some of you” is used referring to past tense; it is over; it is not done anymore. So, are you thinking you are saved by justification alone, or are you actually sanctified and have ceased your sinful ways?

Sunday, August 02, 2020

We may interject more gardening applications, but a burden for a new series is upon my heart – grace or justification and sanctification. Every Christian is under grace, but few choose to receive the sanctification part as well, and are then, if missing, are fake Christians, even deceived. We are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8), freely justified or forgiven of our sins (Romans 3:20), but that does not negate obedience (Romans 6:16) to God’s law. And so, this new series of messages is going to reveal the hidden calls to sanctification or holy living, “without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14) because so many people read speedily through those verses without realizing what they mean. So, do you believe in just being saved by grace focusing upon the forgiving part, or do you also believe in the sanctification or holy living part too?

Friday, July 31, 2020

The obvious garden symbol we have not touched is that directly from Jesus. “Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some [seeds] fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold” (Matthew 13:3-8). “When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth [it] not, then cometh the wicked [one], and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth [it]; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty” (Matthew 13:19-23). Are you the good ground?

Thursday, July 30, 2020

As you know, weeds do not produce fruit. That is why they are removed. The same is true about our relationship with Jesus. “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” (Matthew 7:16). “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). Without the presence of fruit, “Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?” (Luke 13:7). So, are you fruitful or just cumbering the ground, stealing the blessings?

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Love of good plants requires the destruction of weeds. A gardener who loves the plants they desire fruit from cannot allow weeds to stay in the garden. Likewise, Jesus said, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10), therefore, to the wicked, “So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:49-50). Although God loves everyone, the love shown by the faithful towards God demands that those who continue in their sins be destroyed. The notion that everyone is going to Heaven because God loves everyone is destroyed even in tending to the garden. So, do you serve a God who will allow sinners to be your neighbor for eternity or One who will destroy the unrepentant sinner in hell?

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

As mentioned yesterday, many people build fences or cages around their gardens to keep large creatures out. We too ought to be “hedged … round about” (Matthew 21:33) with the Word of God, even the Ten Commandments. As we adhere to these, we are protected from Satan’s harm through temptation. As we let the hedge break down, we are susceptible to attack. So, how well do you maintain the hedge about you?

Monday, July 27, 2020

The only way to prevent the garden from getting too much sunlight, not enough sunlight, bug attacks, drying out, getting too much rain, animals devouring the plants is to move the garden indoors and even then it is not guaranteed to produce fruit. Most will build fencing around the garden and tend to it often removing the unwanted critters and balancing sun and water. Jesus prayed, “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil” (John 17:15). Therefore, the garden just taught is that we are to interact with the world but be kept from the evil. So, how are you doing in witnessing to the world a good character and avoiding the evil?

Sunday, July 26, 2020

It is easier to pick weeds in the morning. Some times there is enough moisture to soften the ground without being sopping wet, and before the heat of the day is not upon us. Likewise, starting the day off with morning time with God and doing so before the first crisis of the day strikes is much easier than trying to find time with God when the day is running out of control. So, when do you have time with God every day?

Friday, July 24, 2020

Would you make a way for weeds to enter your garden? That sounds silly of course, but the Bible says, “make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof]” (Romans 13:14), which is the same thing. People buy cigarettes when they are trying to quit just for those “weak moments”. People are not careful what they watch or listen to and wonder why they cannot stop the porn addiction, the foul mouth, or getting angry. So, what are you innocently doing that is preparing for a sin, not temptation, to pop up?

Thursday, July 23, 2020

For good plants to grow to the fullest potential, some times they need propped up, tied up, held up, etc. With obedience and good traits, there are things we can do to promote the growth of these as well. We have the Word of God, which should be studied every day, there is praying without ceasing, and much more. So, what are you doing to encourage good behavior in your life?

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Do know that some weeds will fight back. Some have weeds have thorns, prickly parts, poison, irritants, and some even spread rapidly upon picking them out at the wrong time. Sin is the same way. Those that try to remove drugs, including caffeine, may turn angry and abusive. Those that cut certain foods out may face severe hunger cravings. Cutting out smoking may rapidly turn into gorging on other things. So, what are you facing or have faced in the removal of sins?

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Weeds are easier to pull out of a garden when they are small as opposed to much later when they have really taken root. The same is true with sin. Before they become a habit, they ought to be dealt with and subdued by the grace of God for it is much easier to deal with them at the beginning as opposed to when they are a regular habit. So, are you allowing any sin to be excused thinking they are no big deal right now, or do you deal with sins as soon as you recognize them?

Monday, July 20, 2020

Weeds are greedy and want to take over the whole plot of land. They choke the good plants out. They spread everywhere stealing and encroaching upon that which is fruitful. Therefore, be careful of the allowance of one sin in a person’s life. It will negatively impact other traits that are good. And left go, it will take over the whole soul. So, how much more goodness can you show forth towards God if the weeds of sin are completely removed from your soul by the power and grace of God?

Sunday, July 19, 2020

How many weeds do you tolerate in your garden? In my garden, I tolerate none. That should teach us not to make excuse for a single sin in our life either. So, what sins do you make excuses for?

Friday, July 17, 2020

Some weeds have a tendency to wrap themselves around the desired plants, where, if we are not careful, we will damage the good plants, but if we ignore the weed, the good plants will be choked. We need to be careful in uprooting the sins in our life as well. A person convicted of keeping the true Sabbath, may declare they shall not work on that day anymore, and yet let someone dependent upon them for service on that being in a predicament. It would be our responsibility to the best of our ability to find a solution that allows us to keep the Sabbath while not letting the other person in a bind. Hiring someone else would not be an option, as true Sabbath keeping would not have another person working on the Sabbath day for us. As we said, some sins require delicate separation, yet it has to be done because sin is not permitted to continue on. “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). So, just how delicate are you in removing your sins?

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Certain weeds that keep coming back over and over teach us about being tested with the same but more intense temptations to strengthen our characters. What we may have conquered at one level may require a higher level until we have reached the point of overcoming it. So, when certain temptations come around, do you cry unto God and say, “Why Lord?”, or do you appreciate the trust God bestows upon us to handle a more intense temptation in the same area of your life?

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Ever notice from the garden that weeds grow anywhere, while the desired plants require much effort? Sin is also everywhere and easily cultivated, while the righteous works require much effort. So, how much do you cultivate sin in your life through carelessness as opposed to how much effort you put into cultivating righteousness?

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Like sin, the garden reveals that when we remove a tall weed, it can uncover smaller weeds underneath. In fact, under the smaller weeds can be those weeds that grow horizontally, meaning, those that grow across the ground. We are not able to see these until the higher layers are removed. Likewise, certain sins that are removed will reveal further layers of sin underneath. For instance, those that used to take God’s name in vain by using it as a curse word will find out that all of the foul language ought to go too. Upon removing that layer, euphemisms (“kinder words” that mean the same thing as the foul words) ought to go. Then it reveals how ordinary words ought to be carefully used, for instance, the word “sugar” is fine in adding to sweeten food, but it is foul when used in anger – “Oh sugar!” After all of that, it will be discovered that anger is the root of all of those layers and ought to be dealt with. So, how many layers have you uncovered in your life?

Monday, July 13, 2020

From the garden, our tender plants have all kinds of dangers. There is the wind, too much water, too little water, bugs, weeds, and of course animals like rabbits, squirrels, and other rodents. On earth, temptations come from all kinds of sources. There are the strangers, friends, even family members, innocently and not so innocently. There is the media and entertainment with the music, movies, TV, and more. Even people at church can offer various temptations. Therefore, the question to be asked, are you on a vigilant watch against these things or are you carelessly being influenced by them?

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Another lesson from the garden is the mimicking of desired plants. Some weeds will look like good plants, but Jesus tells us, “by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20), which weeds do not produce. This also tells us how lies will come so close to the truth but contain still include a lie that is deadly to the Christian. The only ones that will not be deceived, Jesus says, are “the very elect” (Matthew 24:24). Who are they? “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). So, do you study God’s Word deeply on your own, or do you only have the knowledge that a preacher teaches?

Friday, July 10, 2020

After a rainy day, the next day, it seems that the weeds thrive. They seem to thrive in dry or wet times but when it is wet, they seem to sprout a whole lot faster than the desired plants. This teaches us to be careful of feeding our sins. A little hint towards sinning and the sin thrives; temptations get a whole lot stronger. Those that try to quit smoking have to be careful joining up with friends and even relatives who are still smokers because a little whiff of the cigarette or cigar or even pipe scent and the urges come on to light up just one more time. So, how careful are you in not watering your temptations?

Thursday, July 09, 2020

It seems that weeding is basically a daily task to deal with. When one skips a day or two, it seems that the weeds quickly take over. It does not take long at all before things become a lot of work instead of simple maintenance. Regarding sin, no wonder Paul wrote, “I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31), which is to die to the fleshly desires each and every day. So, do you relax on your commitment against all sins in your life, like on holidays, when you are tired, when you do not feel well, or do you keep up the vigilance each and every day?

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Ever notice a sin keeps coming back over and over? As alluded to yesterday, there is a proper and improper manner of removing weeds or sins. It is important to get to the root. Breaking off any specific weed or sin allows the root to remain and will continue to grow. In fact, the root will continue to go deeper and deeper. Practically speaking, if a person is trying to cut out porn or other sin from their life, a lot more is necessary to get to the root. There are no such things as triggers, despite what the psychiatrists say. It is the root of the issue that contributes to the sin. Going to the pool or beach and seeing undressed people everywhere entices the sin, despite everyone wearing swimsuits. Watching TV or going to the movies containing sexually attractive people acting even fully clothed in suggestive manners entices the sexual sin. Listening to suggestive lyrics also contributes to it. As much as we have control over these things, we need to cut them out as well, but we still have not gotten to the very bottom of the root. The very bottom is self. Selfish desires have to be addressed. More on that at another time. So, just how much of the root are you willing to uproot?

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Ever think of working on getting rid of one sin at a time? The garden tells us not to do it that way. If today we pick clover out of our garden, that means all other weeds will have the upper hand. In fact, by removing just the clover allows the other weeds to spread. Therefore, life’s lesson is to address all of the sinful habits together. We will eventually see how, but for now, are you willing to address all of your known sins at the same time?

Monday, July 06, 2020

We are going to embark on new series of messages. Jesus used nature to relate to the Kingdom of God, and one of the greatest areas to learn a lot of lessons from is that of the garden. Moving on to our first lesson, did you ever notice that in a garden there grows more unwelcomed weeds as compared to the welcomed plants? It is like for every one good plant there are a dozen or more weeds growing around it. That is very comparable to our habits and lifestyle. For every good practice that we could identify, there were many more that were no so good. The key is to rid the soil of all of these bad traits to allow the good plants to grow better, bigger, stronger. Therefore, do not beat yourself up for “He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25). Go to the Gardner, “confess our sins,” and “he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). So, will you let the Gardner remove those unwanted traits, especially the sinful ones and encourage the good ones to grow?

Sunday, July 05, 2020

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37). And a lot of people miss the fact that “all of thy mind” includes what we feed it. So, through TV, music, other entertainments, even conversations, what are you feeding your mind, and is it all of your mind surrendered to God, or do you share a little of the worldly influences with godly? Remember, “No man can serve two masters” (Matthew 6:24).

Friday, July 03, 2020

Just because things do not go as desired does not justify any bad reactions on our part. As Christians, we are to always be in self-control. “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24) means more than not participating in sin and successfully overcoming temptation. It also means, giving up the right to react as the rest of the world reacts, which is usually adult temper tantrums. So, how do you react to things when they fall apart around you?

Thursday, July 02, 2020

“The LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee” (Genesis 12:1), “So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him” (Genesis 12:4). In everything for God, is your response the same, or do you wait around, investigate it, put it off, etc.?

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Do you want to accomplish more? Do you want to cease sinning? Proverbs 31:27 tells us, “She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.” Actively taking care of the needs of the home, being active in right things from morning until night allows so much to be done, and being busy provides little to no time for the opportunity of sinning. Now if the thoughts and mouth could be controlled too, it would be perfect. So, how busy are you?

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Feelings are unreliable, however, not using them makes the activity either an obligation or avoided all together. For instance, Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). No one feels like completely obeying the commandments, in fact, most people that keep the commandments keep them in the manner they feel like doing them. To go through life without lying even in the slightest is looked upon as too much to ask, so an allowance for “little lies” are allowed. Looking upon the opposite gender but not touching is now the catch phrase, when Jesus even said not to look upon such in that manner (Matthew 5:28). Those that look at Jesus’ words and without feeling obey the commandments like a robot leaving out the emotion that God wants from us, love, otherwise, He would have created robots. So, do feelings dictate what you do and do not do for God, or are they a motivation to carry out even the tasks that are not so pleasant to carry out?

Monday, June 29, 2020

Why do we disobey God? Selfishness. Have you overcome selfishness? “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Why do so many Christians pit the Bible verses against each other? They claim grace and faith and yet there are countless verses that state obedience, commandment keeping, fruits, and works. If people would only realize that grace and faith strengthen obedience for the verses are connected – not opposed. So, do you exaggerate grace and faith to live in disobedience? Do you exaggerate works cancelling faith and grace? Or by grace through faith do you live in obedience?

Friday, June 26, 2020

According to the Bible, “the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled” (Revelation 15:8). That means that during the seven last plagues, we will not be able to come to Christ, therefore, it is best to “confess our sins” now for “he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). So, are you waiting still to get right with God risking waiting too long?

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Bible says, “whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it” (Mark 8:35), yet so many are willing to give up their freedoms for the assurance of being kept safe and they do not care if it treads on other people’s freedom of religious expression. Sadly, they will achieve this “peace and safety” goal eventually, but just for a short while. “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). So, are you in agreement with the governments working towards this short lived “peace and safety” that will fall apart casting many souls into hell, or are you faithful to God by obeying His Word and His Commandments?

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Satan rebelled against God’s commandments. Adam and Eve rebelled against God’s commandments. From Moses to the cross, no one kept God’s commandments, and everyone needed grace. Since the cross, it is thought that the problem is with the Ten Commandments so now we just have grace. What nonsense. It is a Christianized way of continuing the rebellion against obeying God’s commandments. So, are you a rebel against God or are you keeping the commandments of God?

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

God punished man with hard labor (Genesis 3:19) and since then man has been trying to undo the correction. In many cases, they have created many consequences. How many of those consequences do you suffer from?

Sunday, June 21, 2020

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). So, if you are a father or are trying to help others raise children, how are you doing in keeping the children calm, especially when they do not get their way?

Friday, June 19, 2020

Ever notice that people take seriously things that ought not be taken seriously, and yet those things that should be taken seriously are dismissed? So, how do you handle the seriousness of eternal life or eternal damnation?

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Do you look every day to find something to praised God about? If not, a person could risk depression.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

You know what is confusing about the judgment? People who think we go to Heaven and Hell upon death in the form of a spirit, soul, or something else. Then what is the judgment for? Is Heaven going to admit to mistakes? Are they not already judged by being in one location or the other? How can people be in Heaven or Hell and yet have a future judgement. The truth of the matter is that we are asleep in the graves, and there is something called the resurrection. It is either to life or damnation (hell) (John 5:29). Besides, we are told, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming” (1 Corinthians 15:22-23). We do not come alive until Christ’s second coming. So, who are you talking to if everyone is asleep in the graves? That is called spiritualism if you are.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

In the second attempt to bring the Ark of the Covenant to the city of David, “when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings” (2 Samuel 6:13), which is equivalent to fifteen feet. Therefore, to be an overcomer of sin, upon waking up, a person should do the bare minimum and then have some time with God in prayer and even Bible study. Afterwards, around fifteen minutes later, offer a quick prayer of something like, “Lord, thank you for keeping me these fifteen minutes; please continue to keep me this day” (Jude 1:24). If a person continues doing that every fifteen minutes, especially when our brains can multitask, how can we fall into sin then? So, how serious are you regarding your sins?

Monday, June 15, 2020

Sinful habits can be broken. What makes a habit is the practice of responding in a certain manner. If a person is stressed, a habit may be lighting up a cigarette, getting an alcoholic drink, even making an allowance to snap at people, etc. If a person feels unloved, they may choose to binge watch TV, eat junk food, abuse their own bodies, etc. What we need to do is “make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof]” (Romans 13:14). Not only do we not have packs of cigarettes lying around for the weak moments, but we also plan ahead. Identify a new response for those times because those times are going to come. Therefore, if a person is stressed, they are going to go for a walk, do stretching exercises, etc. instead. When a person is in need of affection, maybe turn to a pet or even gardening, something that directs the care need outward instead of inward. Each person is unique but the bottom line is, we need to plan for our reaction to the triggers. So, will you start your plans right away?

Sunday, June 14, 2020

We are commanded not to commit adultery and many couples do not, or do they? “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4). Whenever we compromise the way of God so as to keep a friend or a relative liking us, we commit adultery. So, how often do you commit adultery?

Friday, June 12, 2020

All day long and everywhere around us are object lessons revealing God and His ways, if we would just take time to observe and dwell. These things are around us to keep us focused upon God, but when we look at the wealth to accumulate, the negative side of things, the problems we face, those lessons fade away. So, how observant are you?

Thursday, June 11, 2020

God is not to be trifled with. Some people make promises, not only in time of crisis, as stated before in an earlier post, but also in sinning or the hiding of it. And every time a crisis gets more and more intense, the more the risks are taken with trying to get away with sinning, the same broken promises continue. God, Who can read the heart and knows the future, is not someone to be reasoned with in this manner. If a promise to God is made, keep it. Strive towards it. Put some real effort into it. Otherwise, we are vain in our worship of God. So, are you vain or are you a true worshipper?

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Satan and his angels are out to get you and I, but here is a good prayer to pray, “Keep me from the snares [which] they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity” (Psalms 141:9). So, will you take each day as a day to avoid the snares, the temptations to sin?

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Jesus said, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak” (Matthew 26:41). Paul wrote, “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof]” (Romans 13:14), and, “[This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). In a practical sense, God knows our human nature is weak, so if we are trying to quit smoking, do not supply yourself with a stash in the event of a weak moment. And then, each moment, do not think about what the body is craving, worrying about pigging out on junk food, the probable headaches that will come, the jitters of withdraw, but choose each moment the godly nature way. So, how are your struggles with your sins? Are you easily giving in because of allowances, or do you “deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24), as Jesus said?

Monday, June 08, 2020

There are a lot of things drawing our attention towards activism, participating in marches, etc. There were activists in Jesus’ day but we do not see Him participating in any of it. We see Paul addressing a slave situation in the book of Philemon but doing nothing to end slavery. Righteous movements will arise along with the bad apples in the crowd, but our focus is not to change these political situations. Ours is to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). So, are you staying focused or are you being distracted?

Sunday, June 07, 2020

Being a Christian does not mean life is easier, in fact, it brings on a whole new set of issues – especially from the Devil. Though it may be a challenge to live in complete obedience to all of the knowledge we have personally of God, when we do though, the consequences are on the individuals and not us. When we live in sin and it is found out, then the consequences are on us. If a secretary refuses to lie for their boss, that is on the boss to deal with. If an accountant is embezzling, that is on the accountant. So, how do you live?

Friday, June 05, 2020

In this day and age, there is nothing one can trust. The news media lies to us, and with technology today, we cannot even trust the pictures, the videos, or anything as all of it can be so precisely generated artificially. There is something and Someone though we can trust. “In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me” (Psalms 56:4). So, where is your trust?

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Is eternal life important to you? Just how much time do you consider it, think about it? “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Ephesians 6:18). Again, is it important to you at all?

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Here is a positive way at looking at the tenth commandment, which says, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour's” (Exodus 20:17). Where it says “not covet”, learn to be content. Be content with your own house. Be content with your own spouse. Be content with the things you have. The faster we learn contentment, the less stress will be in our daily life. So, how content are you?

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Some people, especially those in the “lower class” declare that it is so much easier to obey Jesus if they were wealthy, famous, or even had an important job. Satan was wealthy being decked with precious gems (Ezekiel 28:13). His position was at the throne of God, being the most important and highest of all possible positions to hold (Ezekiel 28:14). He had the greatest singing voice (Ezekiel 28:13). He was definitely famous and had the attention of all of the angels. In fact, technically, he even had eternal life, but chose to throw it all away just because he could not be God (Isaiah 14:12-14). So, right where you are in life, will you “love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him” (Deuteronomy 11:22)?

Monday, June 01, 2020

So many people play games with God, or at least try to, not knowing that He is not one of us. People make promises while in tight situations, and then break their promises once delivered. People sin, confess, do the same sin again, confess the same sin, etc. as if years of that practice somehow is acceptable to God. People will know that they are not to indulge in a sin, go ahead sin though thinking all they have to do is confess it at some point. And there are many, many other games people play. No wonder the warning message before Jesus shows up states, “Fear God!” (Revelation 14:7) because currently, there is no respect towards God. So, do you fear God or not?

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Sin separates us from God (Numbers 19:9), so how can we say that we shall continue in our sins where even one sin separates us, no matter the size in our mind?

Friday, May 29, 2020

We are told, “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20). Jesus said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48), and “go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). Jesus also said, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). So, where is your faith? Do you have enough faith in works of walking sinless or not?

Thursday, May 28, 2020

When we start off a spiritual declaration with “My God” or “My Jesus”, then know sure well we have created our own god and called him God or Jesus, but it is not God or Jesus. We are told, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). Even David penned, “I trust in thy word” (Psalms 119:42). Jesus commanded, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39). So, is your belief scripturally supported or are you above the Bible?

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

When truth is presented, why are so many people bent on avoiding it, not doing, not submitting to it? Jesus said four different ways that influential people would arise “and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:4, 5, 11, 24). He also said, “broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” (Matthew 7:13). And we are told, “they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” (2 Timothy 4:3). Basically, deceivers would arise that speak exactly what people want to hear, mainly an easy gospel, and are willing to be deceived. Are you willing?

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Bible says, “There is difference [also] between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please [her] husband” (1 Corinthians 7:34). This is a spiritual application and not a physical one, where to be a virgin is to be where the gospel “espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:2). Read properly, we are engaged and not married yet. Marriage comes at “the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:9). But, “the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to [her] husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of [her] husband” (Romans 7:2), referring to Satan as our husband as long as we live in sin and care for the things of the world. “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). So, are you engaged to Christ and Satan is dead in your life, or is Satan alive and well still and we cannot be engaged to Christ?

Monday, May 25, 2020

The Bible says, “Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18), and “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). So, do you think you can enter into any place of sinning and not be affected, or do you recognize that the purposeful stepping into such places is actually the sin of presumption?

Sunday, May 24, 2020

According to the Christian “love” chapter of 1 Corinthians 13, if a person truly loves God, they will “rejoiceth in the truth” (1 Corinthians 13:6). But so many excuse away the truth. They say that it is just a word that means “Jesus”. Though Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), truth is also God’s Word, the scriptures (John 17:17). People further say, “No one has the truth.” Nonsense! If that were the case, the Bible would not have survived this long, and Jesus would not have been quoting scripture stating “of a truth” (Luke 4:25). What it comes down to is that “with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2:10). In other words, most people do not rejoice or love the truth and will be lost “Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). So, do you love the truth?

Friday, May 22, 2020

We are told to be “not easily provoked” (1 Corinthians 13:5). So, do little things in life irritate you?

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Time is not something we control. Time is what we use. Time shall pass no matter what, and we cannot speed it up or slow it down. In fact, we hardly can allot time segments to different tasks. One phone call, one unexpected situation, and all of our plans are off. All we can do is choose to use time in the right manner. So, when Jesus said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward” (Luke 12:42), that is not just money management; that includes using time wisely. So, are you a faithful and wise steward?

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

A crisis reveals who people really are. Those that horde are out for self-survival. Those that are willing to do anything, including giving up freedoms, are our betrayers. Those that grab for the guns and protest are our angry mobs that can easily ignite a physical conflict. On every side we have people who are reacting badly. The question is, are you reacting in a meek and gentle spirit remaining in self-control having faith in God because you have the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)?

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Promises made that cannot be kept actually receive Heaven’s condemnation: “let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil” (Matthew 5:37). People should be able to take a person at their word. When we follow up with, “Just kidding”, we are undermining our own trustworthiness, which is exactly what Satan wants. So, how is your communication with others? Do they have to ask, “Are you joking?”

Monday, May 18, 2020

To trust in the Lord is to obey Him for here is a woman that did the opposite: “She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God” (Zephaniah 3:2). Putting it in the positive, if a person wants a close relationship with God and declare that they trust in God, they will then obey the voice of the Lord, which is written in the Word of God, and receive His correction. How many movies or TV series is based on this concept of trusting equally obeying? In the show, there is a rescue situation. The victim is paralyzed with fear. The rescuer calls to the victim, “Trust me”, and then tells the victim what to do even if the victim is scared and thinks it is not going to work. So, do you receive God’s Word and trust it even if you do not understand it or think it is outdated?

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Did you know that the real antichrist will attempt to change God’s law? Daniel 7:25 says, “And he shall speak [great] words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” Did you know that there is something worse than antichrist? It is called the “[spirit] of antichrist” (1 John 4:3). And the spirit of antichrist, which is in almost all ministers works against Christ’s commandments by telling everyone they have been nailed to the cross, and by telling everyone not to take the scriptures as the true words of God. Jesus said, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23), and “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21). He also warned, “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19). So, do you love Jesus and keep His Word and the Ten Commandments, or are you listening to the spirit of Antichrist who diminishes the Word and Commandments?

Friday, May 15, 2020

In Jesus’ address about the signs of His coming, He mentions each sign once, but there is one warning He gave four times: “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matthew 24:4), “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:5), “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:11), and “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matthew 24:24). And yet, people do not care what they believe. The deceptions are here. We have people deceiving with false signs and healings, many claiming to be Christian and are not, etc. The one standard that can reveal the deceptions that even Christians disregard is the Bible. So, are you holding your preacher to God’s standards of God’s Word, or are you just being led into deception?

Thursday, May 14, 2020

According to the Bible, Christians are to “thinketh no evil” (1 Corinthians 13:5). Temptation is one thing, but to be thinking of a dirty jokes to tell, to be fantasying sin in any manner, to having even angry thoughts towards another, to coveting what others have even in the form of the “rich get richer”, etc., are all characteristics that a Christian ought not to have. “As he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he” (Proverbs 23:7). So, who are you?

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Bible says, “but when I became a man, I put away childish things” (1 Corinthians 13:11). Sin is a childish thing. So, have you put away sin?

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Many who are poor are jealous of the rich while many who are rich are snobs, yet there are those that are quite content being poor or rich without being or inciting jealousy. Each of us have been born into or maybe crawled into where we are in life. It is what we do with what we have that determines our final destination. If we do nothing wishing we had more, we shall be considered unfaithful, and we shall remain where we are. If we have more and do nothing productive for God, we still will be considered unfaithful. The more a person has, the more they are responsible for. So, how responsible are you with what you have?

Monday, May 11, 2020

We owe everything we have to God. How responsible are you with the things He has provided?

Sunday, May 10, 2020

A lot of Christians say that they do not follow the scriptures, despite Jesus doing so in His day, because men wrote it, but they seem to be quick to follow church traditions. One has stayed consistent while the other has changed over time to fit what is and is not acceptable in society, what leadership can and cannot impose, etc. So, would you rather follow a changing practices, which do not reflect God’s character, or one that stays true over time reflecting that God shall “change not” (Malachi 3:6) and is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8)?

Thursday, May 07, 2020

So, if the prophets declared that the words of scripture are from God, not in dictation manner but through seeing visions and dreams from Heaven more than having bad dreams because of eating too late in the evening, and we reject those writings, given the number of generations that lived on earth and choosing to follow traditions, does that not mean man has created God? It sure does. Therefore, to submit to the ancient scripture that even Jesus told us to do in John 5:39 is to have God dictate to us. To reject the scriptures and do what our parents taught and their parents taught is to have man dictate to us. So, which do you submit to? Scriptures claimed to be guided by the Holy Spirit? Traditions set forth by human beings evident in the mixture of some scripture truth and a whole lot of twisted paganism making up a Christian excuse to follow it? Or whatever you feel is right who has a poor track record of being right all of the time?

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

How far will Jesus go to save a sinful person? Hebrews 7:25 says, “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” So, how far have you gone away from God? Is it uttermost?

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Jesus says, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9), therefore there is no such thing as going too far from God, so all of us need to repent and stay in repentance mode believing we have been delivered from our sins. So, have you been delivered or do you believe the satanic lie that your life is hopeless?

Monday, May 04, 2020

Any denomination that ignores the Bible ignores eternal life too because that is how we know about eternal life. Any denomination that ignores portions of scriptures that shows a stricter discipline will be found on the broad road that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13). But are you ignoring anything God is trying to tell you?

Sunday, May 03, 2020

James 2:10-12 says, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.” Clearly this is in reference to the Ten Commandments. Clearly God is going to use the Ten Commandments for judging everyone. So, are you liberated from sin or are you still in bondage thinking even the fact that you are saved so the Ten Commandments have no bearing on your life?

Friday, May 01, 2020

Keep in mind that “the end of all things is at hand” (1 Peter 4:7) but it is also the beginning of “all things new” (Revelation 21:5). We ought to be looking excitedly that there is coming an end to sin and death and the beginning of obedience and life. So, do end time events make you personally sad or happy?

Thursday, April 30, 2020

“Let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God” (Hebrews 6:1). “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (James 2:17). “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:20) “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26). So, what do your actions say about your faith?

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The most important book that we ought to worry about is called the Book of Life. Are you sure your name is in it? If not, there is no entrance to Heaven!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Jesus said, “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you” (John 15:14). So, are you Jesus friend living according to His commandments, or have you made an excuse to not keep the commandments or even the Word of God and still think you are His friend?

Monday, April 27, 2020

False security is no security at all. Trusting in others to provide creates a master and servant relationship, which is not good, as the master can turn on the servant at any time. So, are you seeking eternal security from One who will never turn on you if you depend upon Him, or are you satisfied with the false security this world has to offer hoping the earthly relationship will not cease or be abused?

Sunday, April 26, 2020

When Jesus said, “Take ye away the stone” (John 11:39) from the dead man Lazarus’ grave, that is an object lesson for us as we have all been “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). And so, to be resurrected spiritually in this life, God says to us, “take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26). So, will you allow God to take away the stone of pride, the unwillingness to change, in front of your heart?

Friday, April 24, 2020

Some people wonder why a simple verse is looked at in a different manner, even a spiritual manner. The disciples in a boat crossing the sea and a storm comes up physically did happen, but we look at it as the storm is the chaos of the world, the sea being the people, the disciples incorporating all followers, and the boat being God’s protection for us. It is because Jesus taught us so in parables. In Jesus’ teaching, he took the physical to represent the spiritual. Sheep and goats are not going to Heaven and Hell, but those that follow God through His Word will while professed Christians who do not follow God through His Word will not. “And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear [it]” (Mark 4:33). And this is how the Bible comes alive for us today. So, do you even open the Bible? Do you just surface read? Or do you dig deep into the spiritual aspects?

Thursday, April 23, 2020

At first, a parent appreciates a child coming into the house with a bouquet of flowers, but it turns quickly into disappointment when we find out that the flower picking came from the newly planted flowers next door. Not every way that we offer our love to God is acceptable either. Cain found that out really quickly. But God states, “For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8). The only way we shall know God’s way is how it is revealed in His Word. So, how much effort do you put into knowing God’s way?

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

We must remember that if we trust in God, He is also in charge of our time if we are giving all diligence to the proper use of it and not wasting it, therefore, to get frustrated with things not going as planned is actually to blame God for what is going on in our life. So, how easily frustrated are you when plans get thwarted?

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

When the Bible encourages that we ought to ask God for knowledge (2 Chronicles 1:11), that is to know the answers on a test, how to solve a problem, become a neurosurgeon. The knowledge bestowed is that of knowing God’s way revealed through the scriptures (Proverbs 2:5, Colossians 1:10). So, do you pray for such knowledge, or do you just keep the Bible closed?

Monday, April 20, 2020

What is important to God in our life is what the devil will frustrate us into giving up, but will you stay the course, will you keep in mind that “our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17)?

Sunday, April 19, 2020

The Bible says, “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise” (Psalms 57:7). To be fixed is to be saved. Instead of sinning heart, it now loves God’s righteous ways. The tunes throughout the day will be that of singing praises to God. Gone will be the music that does not. Therefore, remembering rock, rap, all of it is actually not beneficial to the soul. In fact, it does the unfixing. The more we hum in our minds songs that uplift God the more we are uplifted and do not sin. The more we sing of other types of songs, the more worldly we become and sin. So, what tunes are in your mind? Sex, drugs, and rock and roll? Or hymns?

Friday, April 17, 2020

1 John 4:8 tells us that “God is love”, yet, “the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it” (Isaiah 13:9). How can these opposites exist? Easy. God loves the righteous way and is willing to overlook years of sin upon repentance, yet, Heaven would be a miserable place for the unrepentant. If He were to show up and simply say, “You and you who are unrepentant, you are no more” or worse, “You are simply excused without repentance” would show that He does not love the righteous, the converted, the holy way of life. It is through His anger unrestrained that He comes in defense of the righteous. Besides, this will be a rare moment: “he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act” (Isaiah 28:21). It is strange. It is not what we expect. So, are you on the righteous side or promoting unrighteousness?

Thursday, April 16, 2020

While Daniel was in the lion’s den, “My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt” (Daniel 6:22). Then we are told, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). The devil can also have no hurt upon us and even able to have his mouth full of temptations shut, but what is the requirement? We must be with innocency in us. The opposite of being innocent is being guilty. James 2:10 says this about being guilty: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all.” Therefore, to be innocent, we must stop sinning, which “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). So, are you still bothered over and over by certain temptations, it could be the sins being excused in your life?

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

When 1 Corinthians 13:7 states, “believeth all things”, it is regarding God’s Word and not the lies of humans. That means, even among Christians, we have to stop picking apart the Bible. By stating, ”Well, things are different now”, “That was just for the Jews”, “That was just for the Corinthians”, “Revelation is too hard to understand”, etc., we are not believing all things then. So, what do you fail to believe regarding the Word of God?

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Many people study long and hard and even often regarding their investments. The same is true with college students to get the grade they need. People memorize the starting lineup of their favorite sports team along with the many detailed statistics. But just how many really know their Bibles? Do you?

Monday, April 13, 2020

During a crisis, some people will see the issues of the crisis and guess at what will happen next, usually in an exaggerated and negative manner. By focusing upon only the negative outcomes, it compounds the crisis making it too overwhelming to deal with. For instance, a business that chooses to cut all paid overtime, some may then conclude that the business is going to have to take more drastic measures by laying off people, and if they do that, we might be one of them, and if we are, then we cannot pay the mortgage, and if we cannot pay the mortgage we are going to go bankrupt, therefore, today, while still employed, let us put up the house for sale! There are at least three problems with that. First, it leaves out God working in our favor. Second, it makes assumptions that may not follow that path. Third, the suggested activity is usually not smart. Do you know that if a person has not paid down the house enough that they will actually have to pay far more money at closing and will never recoup in lower house payments in a reasonable amount of time? To sell a house costs thousands of dollars in hopes to save a hundred or two hundred dollars monthly. Jesus clearly taught “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:34). Sure, cut out the unnecessary expenses, but do not go crazy on that either, as it may cause other problems as well. Now, God needs rational Christians in a time of crisis so that the world can look to them to see the security that is in Jesus. Can you be one of those people?

Sunday, April 12, 2020

When we receive the truth in the form of the true gospel, it is not for selfishly saving ourselves. We are to give it to others then. “The words of a man's mouth [are as] deep waters, [and] the wellspring of wisdom [as] a flowing brook” (Proverbs 18:4). “Freely ye have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8). “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14). “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). So, does the truth flow like rivers of living waters from you to others, springing up into everlasting life from you to others as those that come to a well, given freely to others, be as a flowing brook to others?

Friday, April 10, 2020

The Bible principle of “by beholding, we are changed” is based upon 2 Corinthians 3:18, which says, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.” This is also true of beholding the Word of God. The more we spend time in the Word of God and less in what the world has to offer in entertainment, the more we will be like Christ, which is supposed to be the goal. “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). So, proportionately speaking, how much time do you give the Word of God as compared to vegging out in front of the TV or other entertainment?

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Everyday we basically go through the routine of what is known as a day. We wake up, do the things needed to be done, and go to sleep. In that time, do we stop and look for the power of God? Every blooming plant should reveal this for how can a little seed become so much larger and beautiful? If we do not stop and recognize the power of God, when we face a crisis, we will not recognize God’s power to get through it either, and that is a scary place to be. So, do you stop and admire God’s power periodically throughout the day, even in having the right words to speak that even amazes ourselves?

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Do we look at Jesus’ lessons in nature to encourage us today? Those parables extend beyond His day. The sheep, goats, judges, lilies, fields, pasture gates, and much more are all to speak to our hearts. So, are you listening, or are you too much in a hurry getting to all of your destinations in life?

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

During a crisis, everyone looks to see how they can survive first, while true Christians look to see how they can help others, especially with knowing the gospel. So, where is your focus?

Monday, April 06, 2020

Hype in prophecy is when we look too much at the details of the activities around and get distracted from the goal. During this crisis, people are focusing upon the potential for martial law, movements of the military, even the installation of 5G stations. What does that matter in prophecy? We are not able to stop those things. Our focus ought to be upon the setting up of the Mark of the Beast, the image being erected, and the Beast gaining authority for the world to follow. So, where is your focus in prophecy? On unimportant ancillary movements or on the end game?

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Satan hounds people to give up the following of God, “but he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22) and stated again, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” (Matthew 24:13). So, are you enduring or simply giving into sinning?

Friday, April 03, 2020

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:12). So, how much effort are you putting into the fight?

Thursday, April 02, 2020

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Will you act now, or will you continue to take the risk that you will still have opportunity ahead?

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Yet, another month has begun. What will you do with this month? Will you be an overcomer? Will sin finally be put away by the grace of God? It is our choice. What choices are you planning on making?

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Though no one can make us sin, we can lead people into sinning. In fact, Jesus said regarding the influence of children, “whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and [that] he were drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:6). So, are you leading people into sinning, even in the slightest, or away from sinning, even towards God?

Monday, March 30, 2020

Being a fan of something usually means that people will talk a lot about it. A fan of a sports team will talk up that team they are a fan of to others and even brag. A fan of a hobby will share the details of that hobby with others. So, do you talk up God to others?

Sunday, March 29, 2020

We seem to miss something when we are not allowed to have it, but if we would look upon things as not being good for us, we ought to be relieved instead. So, how do you approach the Christian life, the new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17), the living for God (Galatians 2:20) lifestyle? That you cannot have something? Anything goes so it does not matter? Or thank God for withholding from me that which is not good for me?

Friday, March 27, 2020

Prophecies of the Bible are not to frighten us nor to put us into survival mode to start hoarding things. It is to prepare us spiritually and to go to work seriously to save souls. So, what is your reaction to the current crisis?

Thursday, March 26, 2020

1 John 3:3 says, “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” That is our reaction to the hope that we have – we purify ourselves. Everything that leads away from imperfection, we discard. The movies, the TV, the music, foods, conversations, what friends have influence over us, the places of entertainment, etc. are all discarded if we are serious about purifying ourselves by the grace of God. So, are you serious about that hope or are you still influenced by the world?

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The issue is not usually in the physical but beyond. The Coronavirus is not the issue; it is our reaction towards it. We have hoarders on one side creating panic because they are causing unnecessary shortages and the government on the other side controlling everything. The person that gets hurt is the law-abiding ones because if a person does not go along with the majority under a crisis, mob rules and pressures. Those that simply buy what they need are bullied by the hoarders, and some hoarders will stop at nothing to get what they want. “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). That is the only way we are going to maintain our Christian character. So, are you fully dressed in the armor of God?

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Bible says, “Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient…” (1 Timothy 1:9). This does not mean that the law has been done away with, rather it means it still exists. In fact, those that think the commandments have been done away with need to rethink that position. Those that are “lawless” are the ones who think there is no law, but the law was made for those people. The reason it is not made for the righteous man is because to be righteous is to be in obedience to the law. Just as the speed limit is posted on the roads, it is not for those that keep the speed limit but for those that go over the speed limit in which they can be pulled over, be referred to the posted signs, and a ticket given. So, are you a lawless and disobedient Christian or a righteous, obedient Christian?

Monday, March 23, 2020

Romans 6:16 says, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” And Peter stated, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). So, when the government, especially under a crisis, makes laws that are against God and His ways, what will your response be?

Sunday, March 22, 2020

In the days of a crisis, we ought not be looking to see how we survive physically but rather, while people are in a panic and think this is the end of the world, bring the scriptures, the everlasting gospel to them. So, are you actively fighting over store items, or seeking to save the lost?

Friday, March 20, 2020

We are told “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). That means that it is not sufficient to just believe alone. We are to gather together with like believers especially in the last generation. So, do you think you are fine all by yourself, or do you seek to assemble with like believers?

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Jesus said, “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 10:39). This is not a time to seek for long term survival stock piling food, getting guns, etc. This is the time to share the gospel as they are most opened to it. So, what is your focus during this crisis?

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

As people horde stuff because of the pandemic, just remember, “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, [shall he] not much more [clothe] you, O ye of little faith?” (Matthew 6:30). That is not just about clothing. Everything is going to burn up. So, what are you investing your time and money into?

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

“Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken” (Luke 21:26), but “I will say of the LORD, [He is] my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust” (Psalms 91:2). That is not to say there is nothing for me to do. What it means is that my anxiety is not going to get the best of me. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). All of the anxiety is not going to get me through the crisis. Only a calm and peaceful spirit will. So, are you out of control as each and every day’s news report seems to be getting worse and worse, or do you “count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations” (James 1:2)?

Monday, March 16, 2020

Let me share with you the verse that Jesus states He comes twice back to this world, one secretly and the other for the rest of the world. Ready? Here it is… (blank). There is none. Jesus simply said, “I will come again” (John 14:3). And before the council, He said, “then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30). There is only one opportunity to be ready for the second coming for “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him” (Revelation 1:7). So, are you counting on being raptured out of here before the world completely falls apart? Are you relying on the opportunity that if you miss the second coming that you still have opportunity for the global one? Or, are you preparing for the one and only return of Jesus?

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Jesus said, “he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22). To endure something is not a moment in time; it is a long struggle. No wonder Paul wrote, “I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31). It is a daily struggle from now until the end fighting the desire to do what the world offers and give up eternal life. Jesus also said, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able” (Luke 13:24). That too shows there is a struggle. Paul endured until the end stating, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). So, how is your fight going, or are you relying upon some words you confessed years ago?

Friday, March 13, 2020

No matter how vile we have been, Jesus can say these words to us upon repentance: “To day, Shalt thou be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43), not that “today” will we be in paradise but that He can assure us “today” that at the day of resurrection, we will be there. So, have you repented (stopped sinning) today? “I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31).

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Sin is like a virus in which it is contagious. When Christians see sin happening, they ought to be like Joseph and run (Genesis 39:12), instead, many linger around like David (2 Samuel 11:2) and are further tempted and usually give in. As Christians, we need to also wash frequently, as in, “the washing of water by the word” (Ephesians 5:26). So, are you doing everything to protect yourself from the virus of sin?

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The point to be made about the thief on the cross is that no matter how vile we are, no matter what moment of our life it is, we can come to Jesus, repent, be forgiven, and given eternal life. So, have you repented of your sins and live that repentance every day, or are their sins you rather not let go yet?

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Luke wrote, “And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute [you], delivering [you] up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake” (Luke 21:11-12). With the pestilences of bugs and sicknesses happening that the media has hyped up, a real threat or not, the next thing the world is working towards is losing their minds and simply persecuting true believers for the sake of dealing with these things. So, are you out of control and will do anything to stave off the issues facing us, or are you aware of these things and bracing for persecution?

Monday, March 09, 2020

All of the politics that is happening with trying to get the president out of office is just for show. It is a distraction. Jesus never taught us to worry about who is in office. God “removeth kings, and setteth up kings” (Daniel 2:21). We ought to be able to say, “I must be about my Father's business” (Luke 2:49) just as Jesus said. So, what business are you in? Political or godly works, which is about sharing the gospel?

Sunday, March 08, 2020

Sin is like a piece of rotten fruit sitting in a bowl of fruit. If it is not removed right away, it spreads to other pieces, and it even begins to spread rapidly until the whole bowl needs to be thrown away. So, what excuse do you have to allow a little sin in your life?

Friday, March 06, 2020

As mentioned at the start of the week on March 1st, this particular month matches God’s creation week of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (preparation day), and Sabbath. That means it is the anniversary day of the week that God had created Adam and Eve along with all of the animals today. And after naming all of the animals, one of the next things that happened was the welcoming in of the Sabbath at sunset for “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made” (Genesis 2:1-3). And later in time, God would write down this eternal commandment referring to this day of the week from creation, not a pointing forth to the cross, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates: For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:8-11). Before there was a Jew, in fact our first parents enjoying the first Sabbath was to keep (not make) the holy day in which God set up during creation week and keep it all the day long, not treating as simply a day we go to church. That day of the week has never changed from its holiness despite looking like any other day of the week. But, “I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I [am] the LORD that sanctify them” (Ezekiel 20:12) “And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I [am] the LORD your God” (Ezekiel 20:20). So, have you been sanctified by God? That means since you have been saved, you will be keeping His Sabbath. If you are not, then you have not been saved, ignorance of course is a different matter (Acts 17:30), but if purposely not keeping it, “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4).

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Sin is like cancer. It starts out small but then it continues to grow until the body completely shuts down. In excusing a little sin here and a little there, we do not realize that our spiritual relationship begins to shut down. Eventually, if allowed to grow unchecked, our entire spiritual body will shut down to the point we do not recognize sin to be sinful anymore. So, how much cancer is allowed to grow in your body?

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

The nation of Israel today is much like those who decided to take the Promised Land at their own time. Those people defied the punishment of wandering in the desert for 40 years by trying to force their way into the Promised Land. God not being with them, and they lost (Numbers 14:40-45). Jesus said, “The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof” (Matthew 21:43). That was done in 34 AD. In 70 AD, Daniel’s prophecy of desolation was fulfilled when the Romans decimated Israel and scattered the Jews (Daniel 9:26). In 1948, the modern Jews defied these things and formed a nation that we call Israel. To believe they are still God’s people is to support their defiance. So, are you caught up in the hype of the end time scenario involving Antichrist battling Israel, or do you see the true application of those events even playing out now against God’s true people, Christians, spiritual Israel?

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Sin is like weight gaining weight. A little nibble here and a little nibble there and all of a sudden, we are twenty pounds heavier than when we first began to nibble. A little allowance of sin here and a little there and all of a sudden, we are not caring so much about daily prayer time, daily time in God’s Word, going to church, and even beginning to allow bigger sins into our life. It is time to lose weight in a drastic way. It is time to go on a diet from sinning. No more snacking in between meals. No more excused little sins. So, how much in weight of sinning are you doing?

Monday, March 02, 2020

The word “temperance” addresses being in self-control regarding those things that are allowed to be partaken of. This is not permission to partake a little of those things that we ought not have at all. We are allowed to work but overworking is not self-control. We are allowed to eat but gluttony is not self-control. In fact, we are allowed to worship God, but to do so for sixteen hours a day neglecting daily necessities is not self-control. So, how much in self-control are you in?

Sunday, March 01, 2020

This month has the days of the week matching the original creation week where, on the first day, which started Saturday night at sunset and will end today at sunset, “God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that [it was] good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:3-5). “And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof” (Revelation 21:23). Each day is guided by the Light. Are you guided by the Light?

Friday, February 28, 2020

A Christian ought to be able to say, “we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16), but how many do? Christians who partake of sexual innuendos is certainly not thinking as Jesus would think. So, where is your mind at?

Thursday, February 27, 2020

People say, “Life is what you make it.” This is true about eternal life as well. “Choose you this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15). “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19). What do you choose? To continue sinning and serve yourself, or do you choose obedience and serve God?

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The world seems to have a higher standard than Christians. Being lazy, small “little” thefts, lateness, being rude to customers like using foul words, etc. are all subject to reprimand, but in the Church, Christians seem to think nothing of using foul words, getting violently angry with fellow believers, and just being a poor representation of what a Christian is to be, yet, there is no reprimand, including disfellowship. On top of that, the person thinks they are still saved. It is no wonder Christianity is on the decline. Who would want to be a Christian when the world holds to higher standard? So, are you disappointing the ultimate boss, God, or do you strive to live according to His standards by the grace of God, which “are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation” (1 Peter 1:5)?

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

There are so many Christians that believe they are “saved” despite the Bible saying, “he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22), which means, “I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31). It is a daily relationship of which I may choose to not die to myself, and I will be lost. We cannot go around cancelling scripture based on what appears to be a few verses that make it so easy to be saved for Jesus said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). So, are you part of the many claiming eternal salvation forever without ever being lost, or are you enduring each and every day?

Monday, February 24, 2020

Ever hear of the phrase, “I have nothing”? This phrase is frequented in movies to state that they have no come back, no idea for a solution, no rebuttal, no anything. In reality, they are right. We bring nothing into the world. We contribute nothing to being justified before God. We can take nothing out of this world. Who we are, our relationship with Him, and where we are going is very much dependent upon Him. In fact, in our response to being saved by even keeping the commandments, a sanctification process, is that “when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do” (Luke 17:10). Will you strive to be unprofitable and not simply causing a loss?

Sunday, February 23, 2020

“He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4). God even goes as far as saying to people who claim, “I am saved”, but do not keep the commandments of God, including the seventh day Sabbath, is a liar. Therefore, anyone still sinning and claiming to be saved are actually lost. Commandment keeping is a result of saved relationship and not an earning of salvation. So, do past the test of the results of being saved? Do you as a result of being saved keep God’s commandments, or are you like many other people claiming to be saved and still have a foul mouth, destroy the body with food and drink or smoking or something else, view and listen to sinful content, lose your temper unnecessarily, etc.?

Friday, February 21, 2020

If a person loses money, it can be reimbursed. If a person loses an article of clothing, it can be replaced. If a person wastes time, it can not be gotten back. It is lost forever. Staying up later or getting up earlier does not make up for lost time. So, just how much time do you waste in your life?

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Moses chose “rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season” (Hebrews 11:25). Personally, we ought to suffer the temptation being like Christ who suffered the temptations, especially in the desert (Matthew 4:1-11). We ought to strive against these temptations instead of giving in and enjoying the moment of satisfaction now as opposed to holding out for eternal enjoyment. So, which enjoyment do you prefer? Instant but momentary or eternal that we have to wait for?

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

You may have heard in times past, “To each their own”, but Jesus says, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). So, are you letting people to just believe whatever they want, or are you looking to interject the gospel truth into conversation?

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The most stupid act that a person can perform is to throw away Heaven for momentary pleasure, be it for food, drink, entertainment, pleasure, etc. “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward” (Hebrews 11:24-26). So, are you throwing away Heaven, or is Heaven cheap enough by giving up those things?

Monday, February 17, 2020

Just how important is the thing you are after? Some think excelling in a career is important surpassing their basic needs but yet taking so much time to achieve. Some think collecting items as a hobby requiring time and lots of money is an accomplishment. Do we not realize that when eternity begins, none of these things will matter? No one is going to care if you collected every baseball card. No one is going to care that you made it to the executive suite. Yes, we may enjoy things of life. Yes, we may seek after employment to survive, but seeking after a proper relationship with God and helping others to have the same is what should demand our time and money. So, how do you spend your time and money?

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Many people worship God in a pagan way. Oh, I am not talking about using idols to worship God as some do or other religions that state we all serve the same God. I am referring to Christians in general. Many Christians go to church between one and three hours one day a week. Then the rest of the time, including the day they go to church on, is for whatever purpose they deem. When God said to keep holy the Sabbath day, He was not declaring a day to show up in church. That is purely an appeasement act as if God is a pagan God. In fact, some denominations call it a sin if a person does not show up. It is the day that is to be kept holy. One day a week is to be kept holy. Going to church is just one thing to do on God’s holy day. So, do you treat God as a pagan God that needs appeasing every so often, or do you cease from all of your labor all of the day and cease from “doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight” (Isaiah 58:13)?

Friday, February 14, 2020

God is to be first (Isaiah 41:4) in all of our life, yet so many Christians use the word EXCEPT. Except if my spouse does not agree. Except if it means I would lose my family. Except if it means I must give up every single sin. Except, except, except. That means that God is not first. God is to guide our eating, entertainment, drinking, goals, every aspect of life. So, does God guide or are their exceptions in your life?

Thursday, February 13, 2020

So many preachers have predicted events or results of scenarios and they have failed, yet, so many people continue to follow these preachers despite the preacher saying, “God showed me”, “God told me”, etc. Is God wrong? Of course not. “When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that [is] the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, [but] the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him” (Deuteronomy 18:22). So, are you guilty of following someone that God tells us not to follow?

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

People say, “Is God going to keep me out of Heaven over a little thing?” Well, it must not be a little thing if they are not willing to give it up? So, what are you willing to give up Heaven so you can continue to enjoy your little sin?

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Statistically, over half of the United States will participate in a pagan day called Valentine’s Day. Just how many are thinking about their love to Jesus? How about you? Everyday, Jesus asks, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

Monday, February 10, 2020

Everyone that believes that we all worship the same God does not understand the Bible. Cain’s worship was rejected (Genesis 4:5). At the time of Elijah, he only worshipped the true God while 450 priests did not (1 Kings 18:22). Even the group with David were rejected for worshipping incorrectly and a man was killed by God for doing so (2 Samuel 6:1-8). God explicitly states, “Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them” (Exodus 23:24), yet most other religions believe in doing just that. Jesus even said, “in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9), where even obedience under the wrong commandments is rejected worship from God. In fact, Jesus said further, “God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24), therefore, any old style or method or even reference to God will not do. So, just how accepting are you of everyone’s beliefs?

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Home is where we are to escape from the world, yet so many households allow Satan to infiltrate the premise. David wrote, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; [it] shall not cleave to me” (Psalms 101:3). Isaiah wrote, “He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil” (Isaiah 33:15). So, just how much evil do you permit into your home through TV, the Internet, the radio?

Friday, February 07, 2020

Home is supposed to be a safe haven from sin and the worldly ways. It is true that in the world these things exist, and we need to interact with the world (Matthew 5:14) to be the light to the world and the salt of the earth as well (Matthew 5:13). We are to influence the world. But in our homes, we ought to block out as much as possible from coming in. And the worst intruder in most homes is the TV and other electronic devices. So, do you allow the world to influence your home, or is it a safe haven from the world?

Thursday, February 06, 2020

When we are exposed to sin through no efforts of our own, God will protect us from the influence, but when we choose to view, listen, or just be exposed to sin by our choices, that protection is lifted. We are to “Abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22). “God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]” (1 Corinthians 10:13). There is no reason to purposely submit ourselves to sin. So, what sin do you have control over from being exposed but choose not to take that escape that God provides?

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Those that want to find the truth will for the Bible says, “Seek, and ye shall find” (Matthew 7:7). “If from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find [him], if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul” (Deuteronomy 4:29). “Ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). So, are you seeking?

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Since when did Jesus come to save only Jews? Since when did God set up rules only for the Jews? And then today, we think we can lie, cheat, steal, basically do whatever we want and be saved. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). God’s rules are eternal. That is what He used with Adam and Eve, and that is what He uses to judge throughout time and eternity. God says to all, “I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people” (Hebrews 8:10). The Jewish nation or the nation of Israel was set up to convert people from the worldly and even pagan ways to become subject to God’s way, His commandments. They did a lousy job, but individually, as long ago, has the law been placed into your mind and heart being one of His people, or are you rejecting His law and not being one of His people?

Monday, February 03, 2020

The sneaky part of frustration is that it usually is not recognizable as it builds slowly, and then once it builds to a recognizable level, a person usually lets loose. But that is not how someone with the Spirit ought to handle frustration for the Bible says, “I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection” (1 Corinthians 9:27). So, do you let frustrations get the best of you, or do you surrender your reaction to God and stay in self-control

Sunday, February 02, 2020

In 1 Samuel 15, if there is anything we ought to have learned, it is that God is exact. God, Who “change not” (Malachi 3:6), expects us to carry out His commands exactly as He says they are to be done. For instance, He commands us to “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8) but it is to be done on the “seventh day” (Exodus 20:10) for “he limiteth a certain day” (Hebrews 4:7). Sunday is not the same as the seventh day. So, what commandments do you adjust? Is it lying so you can play “Trick or Treat”, “April Fools”, Santa Clause”, “Tooth Fairy”, etc.?

Friday, January 31, 2020

Most people that make worldly resolutions have given up by now and returned to their old habits. These are people that have picked one item and chose to give it up, like eating too much, drinking alcohol, or even smoking. The Christian simply has chosen to change the heart, which affects every sinful practice and bad habit. “A just [man] falleth seven times, and riseth up again” (Proverbs 24:16). February is a new month. We do not have to wait eleven months for another time to make another resolution. It can start immediately and treat February as a new goal. So, where are you in your resolution to be Christlike stand?

Thursday, January 30, 2020

When a person acts differently in private, even sinful, they are not getting away with anything. Oh, they may fool other people, but God searches the heart (Jeremiah 17:10). So, what is your private life like?

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Remembrance of sinning helps us to not repeat it though the guilt may way heavy for doing it in the first place. So, how do you handle the thoughts of your past? As a heavy weight or as guidance? Remember, come to Jesus, “all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Jesus said, “go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). John penned, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not” (1 John 2:1). Paul penned, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). And yet, so many Christians think they can just be indifferent regarding sinning? Are you indifferent?

Monday, January 27, 2020

Having the lack of power to overcome sin may be an issue with the asking for forgiveness. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Many go through the motion or rely on implied motion of confessing to God, but if we actually get on our knees, approach God in prayer knowing full well of what we did, and we picture the nails going through Jesus’ hands as we confess to God, for our sins is what put Jesus on that cross no matter what year it is, and confess those sins for our sake and not His, we may then begin to realize the awfulness of the sin we committed and not want to “fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame” (Hebrews 6:6). Further, as we confess, if we get our eyes off the misdeed and onto the ramifications of the sin, that may place a heavier weight on simply doing the act of sin. In fact, sin is not so sinful if we simply say, “I’m sorry.” If we realize any negative impact that we may have towards others because of our sin, if we realize that the sin goes beyond the act, just then we may gain the full measure of the promised gift of “divine power” (2 Peter 1:3) that we ought to receive to live a godly life and avoid sinning. So, how far does your confessing of sins go?

Sunday, January 26, 2020

To be eternally saved today with no possibility of being lost in the future is a theology that discards every verse on sanctification, every command of Jesus to live in obedience, discredits the purpose of Jesus coming the first time to save us from our sins and not in our sins, creates a God that does change when He says He does not, and basically cancels out a whole bunch of New Testament scriptures. Does this sound like it is of God or the devil? Do you actually believe you are saved despite the Bible stating, “he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22)?

Friday, January 24, 2020

We live in such an anti-Christian time that is beginning to compare with the persecutions of the dark ages. It seems that every worldly way can be presented to the public without people getting worked up, but be it a Christian thing and lawsuits fly. Even Christian literature sent through the mail is no longer just considered junk mail, which is so annoying in itself, people actually get worked up trying to put the sender in their place. There is no tolerance among many for Christianity and the sentiment is growing. So, does that cause you to give up the commission that Jesus commands all Christians to do, which is preach the gospel anyways (Mark 16:15), or are you faithful in your deeds?

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Just as smoking inhabits the taste buds preventing full enjoyment of tasting food, sin inhabits the ability to spiritually discern. Therefore, if a person gives up sinning, they would understand God’s way a whole lot more. So, how much sin is inhibiting you?

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

We are told, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). There is not one sin that God will not forgive if we confess it to Him. The only sins not forgiven are the ones we do not confess. And if we justify that we are alright without confessing them, then “the blasphemy [against] the [Holy] Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men” (Matthew 12:31) because the Holy Spirit’s job is to “reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8) and “guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). To reject that conviction thinking that God already knows what has been done is to reject the Holy Spirit. It is not about informing God as it is to be convicted of the sin being evil, which leads to repentance, which is to cease from doing it again. So, what sins have you not confessed to God?

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Being rich is not a sin. What a person does with their wealth and how they earn it is where sin may come in at. So, do you envy the rich if a person earned it properly, or even inherited it, and use their money properly? Or are you wealthy and choose to use your funds according to God’s will and have obtained it in an approved way of God? If not, maybe Zacchaeus can help: “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore [him] fourfold” (Luke 19:8).

Monday, January 20, 2020

Helpfulness for show is not helpfulness in God’s eyes. “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 6:1). In other words, do not draw attention. So, do you make sure everyone knows how helpful you are, or do you just do things to be helpful and let the results be as they are?

Sunday, January 19, 2020

“Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21), but there must be a condition to this. A person who hits his hand with a hammer and calls upon the name of the Lord usually does so in a foul way. The same is true with actors and actresses in movies and even in TV. There must be an implied sincerity with this verse that people are missing, and there is, because God has a blanket sincerity to all of the Bible. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37). That means we will think godly thoughts, act godly, and love to do the godly way. Of course we are referring to the godly Ten Commandments. The word “all” does not make room for sinning. So, with that motivation of “all”, do you really and truly call upon the name of the Lord or do you just mouth the words?

Friday, January 17, 2020

Sin cuts off our relationship with God until we repent of it, which is to sincerely confess and forsake it. However, other life sustaining and experiencing will also be affected. People tend to enter into a bad mood after sinning. People even become paranoid. Even sickness can set in for there are a number of times that the disciples asked if the situation was due to sinning. So, how much do you strive for that abundant life here and now that Jesus promises (John 10:10)?

Thursday, January 16, 2020

God says, “Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die” (Ezekiel 18:31). That means all who break the commandments will die. We are not saved by keeping the commandments but commandment keeping is the fruit of being saved by Jesus. So, do you transgress (break) God’s commandments or obey them?

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The weather may change; the days may change; but a true Christian’s character will not. Do you have a true Christian character or are you moody with people when the weather changes?

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A child in the faith, no matter how old a person is, happens to not be a good thing. They have childish arguments like saying, “Well, Martin Luther drank and smoked and he’s probably saved!” But a day comes when one realizes that all of those childish arguments must be set aside for “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things” (1 Corinthians 13:11). So, are you still a child or a man in the faith?

Monday, January 13, 2020

Sin is not a game; it is a poison. It destroys. Even a small amount has satanic influences. Jesus even said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly” (John 10:10). So, do you justify little sins in your life, which aids the thief, Satan? Or do you live in complete obedience enjoying life more abundantly?

Sunday, January 12, 2020

To knowingly sin thinking that there is a future forgiveness is called presumption. Be careful because it may not be reality. As Jesus said, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). So, have you?

Friday, January 10, 2020

It is one thing to not want to keep God’s commandments, and it is a worse thing to teach others to break them as well. “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19). This does not mean a person goes to Heaven but Heaven, angels and God, consider that person least on earth and will not be there. In fact, when Jesus returns, He is looking for a certain group of people. “Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12). So, how active are you in discouraging people from keeping God’s commandments?

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Jesus was in much pain, lack of sleep, ridiculed, rejected, and whole lot of other miserable things experienced, yet “was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). So, what excuse do you have to sin, like being short tempered when having a bad day?

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Most Hollywood actresses and actors are not experts in anything, so to rely upon their glorified opinion in politics, political issues, medical advice, and for that matter, anything else, is truly to make an idol out of a human being. So, do you see these people as idols or mere human beings?

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

To be forgiven does not mean we forget. We must now use that remembrance not to repeat the same sin. The devil likes to use that remembrance, though, to press us with guilt. We have to remember, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Therefore, do not try to confess your sin again; it has already been forgiven and would be an insult to God. So, how do you handle the remembrance of your sins? Letting the guilt weigh you down or as a protection to not do it again?

Monday, January 06, 2020

Jesus said, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20). Paul, under inspiration of God wrote, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). This was in contrast to “the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21). Therefore, God knows us by our works or fruit. That means He judges us by our fruit and not what we profess. It does not matter what one says; it is what they do. So, which list describes you? And there is no such thing as “mostly”.

Sunday, January 05, 2020

Paul wrote, “If he hath wronged thee, or oweth [thee] ought, put that on mine account” (Philemon 1:18). Now, would you be willing to take a crushing debt off of a new Christian and make it your own?

Friday, January 03, 2020

Jesus asked, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). So, what are you pursuing? Any part of that world?

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Jesus used the scriptures to defend the true doctrines of God. Can you do the same or do you criticize the Bible instead?

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Sin does not only block off our relationship with God, but it also prevents us from seeing God’s Word clearly. Frequent phrases of “I can’t see that”, “The Bible is too hard to understand”, or any other criticism of the Bible is a sure sign that sin and selfishness remains. So, how clearly can you see God’s Word?

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Here is the last day of the year. This is the day that those who make New Year’s resolutions will try to get their last whatever in. If a person chooses to quit smoking, today is the day they will smoke more than normal, trying to get the last one in. If the new years resolution is about dieting, today is the day they really do not care about it and indulge. Choosing to be a Christian ought not to be that way. When we give up sin, we ought not seek out that last opportunity. It simply should be cut off. So, have you made a New Year’s resolution involving giving up sin and expect to enjoy it one last time today, or do you see your commitment to God more than that and choose to stop even now?

Monday, December 30, 2019

When a reaction to a situation is understandable that does not mean it is acceptable. When people hurt for whatever reason, it is understandable that a person may be having a hard time accepting the situation, but it does not give that person a right to take it out upon others. So, when you face unpleasant circumstances, do you justify bad behavior by it, or do you still keep it in Christian self-control?

Sunday, December 29, 2019

God says, “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you” (Jeremiah 3:14). And Paul wrote, “I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:2). And James proclaimed, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4). Therefore, every time we choose to live worldly, if we backslide, we cheat on the one we are married to. In that state, we shall be lost, but if we do as He asks, turn back to Him, and “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). So, will you turn away from any worldliness in your life?

Friday, December 27, 2019

We ought to thank God that He “is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9) because He waits and waits until we choose to stop sinning. Then, He “is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24). So, how thankful are you towards God for His longsuffering?

Thursday, December 26, 2019

“God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). The word “must” is not optional. Therefore, if a person does not know the truth on any given doctrine, they are to spend as much energy and resources they can to find the truth because “all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:12). So, do you just accept whatever doctrine you were taught, or do you know that “All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16)?

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Just remember, to do what a person calls Christian when it is actually pagan or worldly is actually not acceptable to God. Look at the many stories of the Bible, which show that: Calling a golden calf God, King Saul bringing back alive the defeated king of the Amalekites and claiming to have carried out God’s orders, Samsons personal war on the Philistines all the while showing off, Solomon’s political maneuver by marrying a woman from every country in hopes to prevent war with that country going against the direct command not to marry outside of the faith and so many women, even people offering what was labeled a blasphemer to be crucified thinking they were killing such a guilty person when they actually nailed Jesus to the cross, and many more. And so, do you really think it is acceptable to God to make a pagan day of human sacrifice all to appease the sun god not to disappear forever signifying the rebirth of the sun shown by longer days as now a day honoring the birth of His Son plus lie to children giving a make believe person all of the qualities of God (rewarder, all seeing, all knowing, etc.) so as to have kids be good to greedily receive presents on a that pagan day all the while going by the name that is an altered version of Satan (move the “n” to the middle position) undermining faith in the true God in Whom children are to supposedly make the transition from make believe Santa in whom they cannot see to the true God Whom they also cannot see? And then we wonder why there are so many atheists today or very lax Christians!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

We are told, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy” (1 Peter 4:12-13). Many Christians think that once we become a Christian, we ought to have a life of bliss. But in this world in which the Devil gets upset at those that choose to be Christian, it is all out warfare. Yes, we may have had issues before because that is the result of sin and that is brough upon ourselves, but now we have issues because Satan hates us and they are usually not brought upon ourselves. And Satan is allowed to test us, not for God’s sake, but for our own. In eternity, there will be no sin. There is not to be a single temptation that is going to ruin eternity. The only way to make it is to build strength of character now and consistently repel the evil. So, do you think it is strange to have so many issues in your life?

Monday, December 23, 2019

If one of the last words of Jesus, “It is finished” (John 19:30), meant that the whole plan of salvation was completed at the cross, then why is “It is done” (Revelation 16:17) uttered from the temple right before Jesus returns? And take note that it comes from the temple, “which the Lord pitched, and not man” (Hebrews 8:2). Could it be that most Christians are missing the most important work being done right now in Heaven the “high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession” (Hebrews 4:14). So, do you know of Jesus’ continued ministry in Heaven, or do you just think He sits on a throne all day, waiting for the time to return?

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Sometimes we do not want to do something that is not pleasant. That is when love kicks in. You love your children by doing it. You love your parents by doing it. You appreciate having a job by doing it. You appreciate the household by doing it. You love God by doing it. Jesus asks, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). So, do you do it?

Friday, December 20, 2019

1 Corinthians 13 is used quite often in wedding ceremonies, but in reality, it is to be our personal relationship with God. Everything is to be motivated by the love we have towards God. All other things, even of a religious nature, does not compare to this true love. This is more than affection to another human being. This is more than pleasing one’s taste buds. This is love that defies logic sometimes, willing to sacrifice for, and would be greatly overwhelmed with depression if we were to displease God. So, do you have that love or do you just brush Him off when you want to do something that is a little sinful?

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Jesus said, “whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:33). And Paul penned, “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1:16). Therefore, continuing in sin is the way people deny Jesus. So, how can one claim to be saved while still sinning? It is a satanic lie to think that all we have to do is say some magic words once in our life, and then not be so concerned about our works. So, are you living a lie by claiming to be a Christian and are unconcerned about the sins in your life, or are your works showing Christ’s righteousness?

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Satan comes at us during our weakest moments, so do you avoid making yourself weak by staying in good health, making right choices, etc.?

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Anger, such as demonstrated by King Nebuchadnezzar regarding the non-bowing Hebrews of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego before his golden image, which he caused to be cast into a furnace of fire, did cause the lives of people. “The fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego” (Daniel 3:22). So, how out of control does your anger get? Do you break things, hurt people physically, verbally, or both? Do you make rash decisions? Or, are you in self-control the whole time you are angry? [By the way, anger itself is not wrong.]

Monday, December 16, 2019

Why are even Christians against the Ten Commandments? “The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul” (Psalms 19:7). It is because the las converts souls but people do not want to be converted. They just want to have eternal life without restriction, yet Jesus said, “strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). So, what gospel are you listening to? An unconverted one or the real one?

Sunday, December 15, 2019

If Peter and Daniel could sleep knowing they were going to be executed the next day, we ought to desire the peace in Christ that they had. So, how trusting are you in God facing a crisis, irritating day, etc.?

Friday, December 13, 2019

Some days it seems to be futile in disciplining children, bringing them upright, but the Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). So, do you still do your part anyways?

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Many think that Elijah and Moses will literally return again and walk among us. Just because a description about them appears in Revelation does not mean that it is so. Blatantly named, Babylon will be the enemy at the end of time (Revelation 18:2), yet no one lives there, and according to the Bible, no one will (Isaiah 13:20-22). Likewise, there is a reference naming Jezebel (Revelation 2:20). She will not be coming back to life. All of these things are mere symbols representing reality of the time (Revelation 1:1). Just as Jesus declared John the Baptist to be Elijah (Matthew 11:14), so at the end of time, the spirit of Elijah in other people will be given. We will be contending with the spirit of Babylon. We will be facing the spirit of Jezebel. So, what spirit do you have? Elijah or Jezebel or Babylon?

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Bible says, “there met him a woman [with] the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart” (Proverbs 7:10) and “that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:2). This is the contrast. We are either acting, thinking, and/or talking like a harlot or a chaste virgin. Regard not the past for Jesus is able “to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24). So, a little allowance for sin here and a little there, a little dirty thinking here and a little there, etc. is all of a harlot lifestyle. We cannot be a little harlot and a lot chaste since “Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24). A little harlot is a harlot. And harlots are not going to Heaven for, on a spiritual sense, “the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21). So, which are you, a harlot or a chaste virgin?

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

We are told, “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity” (1 Corinthians 13:13), where “charity” means “love”. And Jesus simply asked, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). So, do you have that charity or love towards God, or do you love selfishness by continuing to sin?

Monday, December 09, 2019

“Choose you this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15) makes sin a choice. “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). So, do you choose sin because you are selfish, or do you deny your selfishness and choose to obey God and keep His commandments?

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Sanctification means to be made holy. And that is what we are to be before Jesus shows up at the second coming for the Bible says, “the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). So, are you on the road to sanctification by removing every sinful thing from your life by the grace of God, or have you been duped into thinking you are saved in sinning?

Friday, December 06, 2019

Confession does not inform God of sins. He already knows we have sinned. Confession is to bring conviction of soul, a deep repentance to not repeat the sin, an effort to make sure it does not happen again and guard against making provision for it to happen again. We are to feel guilty and unworthy while we confess our sins to God. It is not a pleasant thing, but “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Keep in mind that if we do not feel like approaching God with our sins and simply keep everything on a generic basis, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh [them] shall have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). So, will you confess your sins and be forgiven, even the ones that are hidden away?

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Today’s word is “light”. “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple” (Psalms 119:130). As a bonus, we see the Bible is simple to understand. That means that all who complain that the Bible is so hard to understand are purposely making it hard. So, do you understand? Do you have the light?

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Today’s word is “wine”. Most people assume with today’s dictionary that the word refers to fermented grapes or alcohol. However, the Bible uses the term to refer to the liquid of the grape. For instance, Isaiah 65:8 says, “Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and [one] saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing [is] in it: so will I do for my servants' sakes, that I may not destroy them all.” If grapes are still on the vine in a cluster, then the word “wine” cannot refer to alcohol as the process requires the removal of the grapes, crushing them, and letting it sit around to ferment or be destroyed. Even the word “destroy” does not apply to crushing the grapes as the focus is upon the wine and not the shell of the wine called the grape. We are told to not destroy the wine, the liquid. Fermentation is that destruction of the wine. The act of crushing is the destruction of grapes and not the wine, as the wine is expelled through that process. Therefore, when we read the passages of the Bible that refers to wine, even in a party setting, we must be careful to not force the Bible to appear to contradict itself by implying alcohol is involved in the situation since the Bible condemns the use of alcohol. People contradict themselves and not the Bible So, how do you read the word “wine”? Liquid of the grape, which shows the Bible does not contradict itself, or as alcohol, making the Bible to appear to contradict itself?

Monday, December 02, 2019

Satan is not just a name given for sinful acts. Satan is a being. “Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). To think that he does not exist puts us at a disadvantage because people are not aware of his tactics then. So, are you on guard “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11)?

Sunday, December 01, 2019

The word “soul” is not something a person has; it is the person. “And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). If a body is breathing, it is a soul. If a body stops breathing, it is dead. There is no soul that floats off when we die. That is a lie to squeeze money out of people holding the dead ransom, like freeing them from purgatory. So, do you carry on the purposeful error that teaches people soul’s float off to Heaven or Hell upon death, or do you believe that all souls die (Ezekiel 18:4) and the righteous will be resurrected at the second coming to live again (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17)?

Friday, November 29, 2019

Here is the definition of antichrist: “No lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:21-22). “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world” (1 John 4:2-3). “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:7-9). So, do you see this is a doctrinal issue and not a military one that Hollywood hypes up, that so many religious ministers do error in the faith and are outright liars?

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Ending a word with “ian” means that there is a particular discipline or mindset. For instance, Asians follow a certain discipline. Americans are known for certain characteristics. Electrician works with electricity and is very knowledgeable in such. But why do Christians think they can sin, which is of the devil, can ignore the Bible, can live however they want and still claim to be a Christian? To be Christian means to be knowledgeable in Christ’s ways and obey them. How knowledgeable are you, and are you following them?

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

People say, “I was born this way”. Jesus says, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Are you born again, or do you make excuses for your sinful habits?

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

People say that they do not want to submit to the Bible because it is written by men. Of course, the men claim to be able to receive visions and dreams right from God showing what to write, but beyond that. Have such criticizers ever considered that we are born with a bent towards sin (Psalms 51:5)? That means we must learn the good from a source outside of ourselves. Such people then say that it is the responsibility of parents to teach good, but we know that not all parents are that responsible. Too many teach their children how to scam others, for instance. Then they say it is the responsibility of teachers and authority figures, like police officers, to help guide people to the good. That, of course, is a lie because too many teachers have agendas, and too many cops are not completely honest themselves, even in the simple matter of obeying the speed limits. Then we here that governments are to guide people to the good, and after numerous laws that have been passed that contradict each other, good is not defined at the corrupt government level either. So, if you believe in God, since God does not speak directly to humans, just where do you think we can find a non-changing standard of what is good and acceptable towards God as opposed to sinful practices?

Monday, November 25, 2019

It is true that the future is what you make it. “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). So, will it be death because you refuse to give up your sins, or eternal life because you allowed God to make you righteous?

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Jesus simply asks, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). So, why are there such arguments if the Ten Commandments are required or not? Even in keeping them, there are disagreements. We have the group that are lawless claiming that grace saves, but in reality, they are selfish because they get to do whatever they want and think they are still going to Heaven. Then we have the people who do keep the commandments thinking they deserve Heaven, but they deny the fact that Jesus paid the price. The only acceptable life is that of loving God so much that as a result, the commandments are kept. So, what group are you in?

Friday, November 22, 2019

It is normal to be so busy that things get missed, however, Satan likes it when we miss time with God. So, what effort do you put forth to make sure you do not forget to spend time with God each day?

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Jesus said, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:34). To reduce stress in one’s life, as soon as a stressful thought enters the mind for days away, push it out. If it is something important, write down what is necessary about it, and then do not let it be dwelt upon. What needs acted upon today, do it and then let it go. By dwelling upon the situation that cannot be altered today, anxiety levels rise, and a lot of wasted mental energy is consumed. Many times, the specifics of the stressful situation will adjust on its own, and sometimes, they work themselves out by the day of arrival. So, will you practice God’s stress reduction technique?

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Just because something contains good does not make it good. Teaching ABCs and 123s in ghost stories, superhero stories, evolutionary theory, and whatever sinful agenda does, not make it acceptable for children. We are told to “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21) and not simply contain good. Yes, it is hard to find acceptable material to teach children with, but that is what the devil is after – wear down the parents until they accept any level of error. So, how is your endurance as a parent?

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Bible says, “Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous” (1 Timothy 3:3). Impatience simply makes a bad situation worse. It solves nothing. It does not make the situation resolve faster. And overall, it just puts others in a bad mood. So, how do you handle situations that try your patience?

Monday, November 18, 2019

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4), and yet, so many Christians try to “experience life”. Once a person becomes a Christian, exotic foods and drinks, exciting places to go to, all kinds of entertainment to watch, etc., are all put aside because the things this world offers is but worthless time wasters and body destroyers. So, how much of the world are you still trying to enjoy?

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Time is something a person can never get back. Choose wisely how you spend it. How do you spend your time?

Friday, November 15, 2019

All of us have had physical injuries over mistakes made, but we can recover from most of those injuries over time. Sin, on the other hand, injures the soul, and many times it is very difficult to recover from, and many times, we are scarred for life. So, are you careful with your spiritual life?

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Moving from one place to another is a challenge, but the final move for the saved will be from this earth to our mansions (John 14:2) in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 3:12)! How often is that move on your mind?

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Focusing upon what needs to be done rather than the crisis is how God would have us handle difficult situations. So, what do you focus upon?

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Change happens. How we handle the change determines if we trust in God or not. How are you doing with change?

Monday, November 11, 2019

According to 1 John 3:5, it says, "And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin." But most Christians read it as "And ye know that he was manifested to take away our penalty; and in him is no penalty." If sin exists in our lives, then we have not handed it over to Jesus, Who is willing to take the sins away, and by retaining the sins, we are not truly Christian. So, will you let Him take away all of your sins?

Friday, November 08, 2019

A little termite can cause great damage to a huge structure. A little allowance of temptation can cause great destruction to the soul. So, do you guard your mind, your thoughts, what you think about?

Thursday, November 07, 2019

We are to crucify our “old man” (lifestyle) (Romans 6:6) and be “dead to sin” (Romans 6:2), but it begins with the mind “For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he” (Proverbs 23:7). So, what do you think about?

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

For those that want to choose to have sinful practices removed from their lives, do you focus on the “I don’t want to do that (sin)”, or do you focus upon “I can do that (good)”? “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21). Simply avoiding the sin is not the proper way to stop sinning. Replace it with what is good to do and think about.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

When we are the weakest and do not feel like praying, that is when we ought to pray all the more. So, how is your prayer life?

Monday, November 04, 2019

Too many Christians have a “whatever” attitude when it comes to expectations of a Christian. A Christian should not be smoking, drinking, and using foul language. Those that do, have the “whatever” attitude. “Not like I can lose salvation.” Nonsense! You never had it then with that attitude! “Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself” (Daniel 1:8). That is not an Old Testament attitude. Regarding Heaven, “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life” (Revelation 21:27). So, do you have the poison of “whatever” or are you purposed in your heart to obey God?

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Ever think of a sin, plan it out, try to execute it, and it does not turn out the way you thought? That is because God is longsuffering (2 Peter 3:9). In other words, sometimes God protects us from really messing up, even ruining our life, or He is protecting the potential victim, if there is one. So, are you thankful that sinful plans are thwarted?

Friday, November 01, 2019

Adults are just children in better self-control. As I child, when we did not get our way, we threw a fit. Though we may still slam things down, typically we do not throw an outwardly fit, however, inside, we are still throwing a fit, are stubborn, and still want to do things our way. We may even say, “No one can tell me what to do.” God commissioned human beings to teach and preach His Word. To reject these human beings is to reject the hand of God. Now, we are told, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (Matthew 7:15). That does not mean we are to stop listening to all human beings. We are “as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). So, do you submit to the Word of God as presented by other human beings, are you still fit throwing?

Thursday, October 31, 2019

“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness” (Ephesians 6:14). That is exactly what Martin Luther did on this day over five-hundred years ago. He accused the Catholic Church of “Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition” (Matthew 15:6). It was a call back to the Bible doctrines. Since then, most Protestants also reject the Bible and have chosen “in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9). Have you chosen the same rejection of the Bible, or does the protest still live within you? Oh, and to help people forget about the 95 Thesis, Halloween was invented. So, do you think Halloween or Reformation Day when the date October 31 comes around?

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

“Choose you this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15). “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). Sin is a conscious choice. If we choose to sin, despite claiming to be saved, we shall be lost. So, are you willing to give up the gift of Heaven for any sinful pleasure?

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The danger of the sin of presumption, where a person sins thinking they can be forgiven afterward, is that it is false sensation of being a Christian when in reality it is a way of just putting off surrendering all to Christ. Will you surrender all to Him today and cease from carelessly sending if you are?

Monday, October 28, 2019

“A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but [he that is] slow to anger appeaseth strife” (Proverbs 15:18). It is too easy to lose one’s temper. A stronger person is slow to anger but is still in self-control. So, how strong are you?

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Just remember, when a person knowingly sins, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). So, are you mocking God thinking forgiveness is just so easily obtainable and then just do it again?

Friday, October 25, 2019

According to the Bible, today, Friday, is the preparation day. It actually started at sunset on Thursday and will conclude Friday at sunset to welcome in the Sabbath. It is a day to do the final preparation so there is no work done on the Sabbath, but is also a weekly reminder to be prepared to meet Jesus. Spiritually, we are to clean up our lives by the grace of God because when Jesus shows up, there is no work done then to clean up the soul. So, how are the preparations going?

Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Bible says, “The LORD [is] longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing [the guilty], visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation]” (Numbers 14:18). Therefore, God is not just so loving that everyone and every sin is forgiven. Those continuing in sin are guilty and will not be our neighbors in Heaven. In fact, they will not be in Heaven at all. So, are you making sure you are not one of the guilty ones, or do you “pervert the gospel of Christ” (Galatians 1:7) thinking sin really does not matter regarding salvation?

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Satan, a being who is already mightier than ourselves, is “as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8), attacks mostly when people are at their weakest. Although we never are able to match abilities with the devil and therefore, always must “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7), it takes extra strength to submit to God when not feeling well, when things are crumbling around us, etc. So, when you are weak, are you still sober by the grace of God or selfish?

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

To be filled with the Holy Spirit, “he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). Speaking of judgment, before Jesus shows up, which is really soon, “the hour of his judgment is come” (Revelation 14:7) and not “will come”. That means we are being judged before He shows up. Are you ready to be judged?

Monday, October 21, 2019

Is it a wonder that interaction with people has been reduced to using social media and only in bite sizes? We are not growing more intelligent; we are being dumbed down. The reason is because God is an intelligent being, and He wants to communicate through His Word intelligently. The true understanding of the Bible takes time and effort. So, how patient are you in receiving God’s interaction?

Sunday, October 20, 2019

When it rains and rains heavy here in the autumn, do you think of Bible references? Farmers depend upon the spring rain for planting, biblically known as the early rain, and then they depend upon the harvest time rain to finish off the growing season, known biblically as the latter rain. Pentecost sparked the beginning of Christianity with the power of the spiritual early rain. At the end, the latter rain of the Holy Spirit will fall. Satan likes to mix things up with false representations of it, which is currently prevalent. We need to make sure we have the right outpouring. If it is the sharing of the gospel, that is the true manifestation. Speaking in tongues inside a church having people feel good about themselves, having healings inside a church to benefit people in the church, having people sing with feeling that it just warms the heart and invigorates the flesh, are all examples of the false manifestation. So, does the latter rain that you are observing benefit people who are already claiming to be Christian, or is it benefitting the unconverted in sharing the gospel?

Friday, October 18, 2019

A person who makes themselves dependent upon another is not free, which oppressive controlling powers are of Satan (Exodus 3:9) while freedom is of God (John 8:32). This does not apply to certain family relations. Spouses become dependent upon each other, and children are dependent upon parents, which are all normal. But when we give others authority over our possessions, our coming and going, etc., then we are subject to their whims. It starts out friendly by offering help, but over time, such authority can lead to corruption and misuse of that authority in many cases. So, how do you inadvertently allow others to control your life? Do you carry much debt (the most popular control of them all)?

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The more intense a moment is, the more God trusts you to be able to handle it. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]” (1 Corinthians 10:13). So, how are you doing on bearing it?

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

There is a lot of talk in Christianity about the blood of Jesus, but that is only half of the story. “This is he that came by water and blood, [even] Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood” (1 John 5:6). It is true that the blood is God’s mercy, grace, forgiveness of our sins, but the water is being born again, washed clean of every desire to sin, to be sanctified, to have the power to “walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6). So, are you only half saved, or wholly saved?

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

In the last days, music would be a control factor. Satan, or Lucifer at the time, was a beautiful singer (Ezekiel 28:13) and war broke out in Heaven. Music, though on acceptable instruments, was noted explicitly to be among the rebellious lineage of Cain (Genesis 4:21). Music was involved in the rebellion at the time of Moses along with dancing (Exodus 32:19). Music was involved in the worldwide control of the citizens to bow down to a literal idol (Daniel 3:5) symbolic of the spiritual idol found in Revelation (Revelation 13:15). So, the music you listen to, does it uplift God or are you being controlled? There are no other options. No such thing as music being neutral.

Monday, October 14, 2019

The celebration of Halloween is very pagan, which equates to being of Satan. Oh sure, they dress it up as a fun day and use kids to pull at the heart strings, but just how do you think Satan would be most successful at pulling off a day of worship? Just what do most of the costumes glorify? God or Satan? And all those “Christian” movements to dress as angels, Bible characters, and such is an attempt to justify participating in such just as Israel of old would, time and time, justify participating in pagan rituals and God was wroth with them. The day even includes the usual practice of nudity. Well, maybe not full on nudity, but sexualizing even children, let alone adults and especially females, is widely acceptable as costumes, and yet people have a problem with men thinking of sexualizing women and are in full rage when a pedophile incident occurs. So, just how can anyone justify participating in this day and claim to be a Christian as this truly is not a day that a Christian can say they are able to “walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing” (Colossians 1:10)?

Sunday, October 13, 2019

If a person has to sin to accomplish the good, it is sinful. All means and results are to be godly. Remember, God does not operate at all on the sin plain and yet He deals with us. The means truly do not justify the goal in God’s eyes. So, are you careful not to use sin to accomplish the good goal?

Friday, October 11, 2019

Faced with resistance, do you give up thinking God is blocking your way or is it Satan? How can you tell? If you know what you are doing without a doubt is a godly thing, then it more than likely is Satan putting up the resistance (Daniel 10:12-13). If there is a taint of sin in any of it, then you know in fact it is God, just like He used a talking donkey on Balaam (Numbers 22:21-35). But upon the decisions like deciding to move, choosing a job, etc., how can one tell who is putting up the resistance? Again, study it from God’s perspective. Is the move into a closer environment to the spiritual pollutions like Lot (Genesis 13:11), or more spiritually satisfying? Sure, a shorter commute would be better on staying connected to the family, but at what spiritual cost to the children? Does the new job cause challenges spiritually? These answers determine if God is directing away from the choice or Satan does not want anyone escaping his influence. So, do you make decisions based upon any resistance and give up, or do you evaluate it, and if it is of God, you put forth more effort by His grace?

Thursday, October 10, 2019

If a young child were to be found playing with matches, a good parent would explain to the child how harmful it is to do so. If the child continues day after day to play with matches, a good parent would have to administer correction. If a child complains and asks, “Don’t you love me?” The obvious answer is yes, and the parent will explain, “I love you so much that I don’t want you to get burned or burn the house down.” Then why do we treat God any differently? So, many Christians live without regard to the Ten Commandments, which are in place to prevent the results of sin, which are harmful. Further, at “the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). Correction is not administered on the lack of knowledge, but once that knowledge is known, “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes” (Proverbs 13:24). God is our Father, and we are His children. So, do you accept God’s protective rules, the Ten Commandments, or do you continue to play with matches?

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Why is it that people accept that there are rules in the home, rules set by governments, even adhere to rules found in public buildings, but when it comes to the rules set by God, Christians nail them to the cross, dismiss them with grace and faith, and overall, disregard the rules of Heaven? Are you a rules breaker, or do you love Jesus and keep His commandments?

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37). How much of ALL do you give?

Monday, October 07, 2019

Cheating to win is actually a loss. Most people live with the regret knowing they really were not the best at whatever they cheated at. The real regret will come at the time of hellfire. So, do you cheat at all in life, even in little things, or do you completely trust in God?

Sunday, October 06, 2019

“Choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15). “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). Looks like we have a choice to make. What is yours?

Friday, October 04, 2019

Governments are all about taking people’s money. Remember, God is in control and it is all His money. “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme” (1 Peter 2:13). So, how worked up do you get when they keep taking and taking and taking?

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Most people count down to an exciting event, and when they do not know the exact day, they still look excitedly towards the nearness of it. Signs all around us are screaming out that the nearness is now for the second coming. The timelines have been fulfilled. The beast, the image, and the mark of the beast are ready to be sprung upon us. The global society is here; all of the religions are cooperating with each other; the governments of the world regularly visit the beast; the merchants of the world regular visit the beast; and much more is happening because “ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:4-5). And yet, so many people are just caught up in the regular routine of life, enjoying as much of the world as they can, not realizing that it is all a distraction. So, how distracted are you?

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

The notion that there are different levels of rewards in Heaven goes against the parable of everyone receiving the same amount no matter the hour employed (Matthew 20:1-16). Those that claim the parable of talents (Matthew 25:14-30) shows different rewards is not about rewards of Heaven but teaching that our talents are multiplied as we exercise them here and now. Those who claim the parable on the ruling over cities (Luke 19:12-27) shows different rewards is not about rewards but responsibilities. The penny parable is therefore showing equal reward resulting in the fact that obedience is not optional. Many think that a little disobedience here and there just means less of a reward. That is what Satan wants people to think because such people will be lost instead of just missing out a little. So, are you deceived into believing obedience is optional, or do you take it seriously?

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

\Thinking and planning to sin but not executing it is still sin. So, how often do you sin in your mind?

Monday, September 30, 2019

Christians do not wait until New Years to make a resolution. They can make one, at the very least, every month. Now, nowhere in the Bible is taught to cut back on habits or deal with one habit at a time. The resolution is to “go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). Technically, a Christian will make this resolution every day (1 Corinthians 15:31), but in about a half a day, it will be a new month. Will you make the resolution that Jesus wants you to make?

Sunday, September 29, 2019

To blame sinning on being under the influence of drugs, alcohol, gluttony, etc. is not an excuse to sin. Just who put yourself under the influence to begin with?

Friday, September 27, 2019

Jesus said, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). Luke wrote, “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). Unfortunately, many Christians do not repent. They just continue their life of sinning because they think Heaven is just given no matter what. If that were so, then no one would be told to repent, which means, if we do not repent, there is no Heaven. Of course, people do not even know what repentance is. They think it is forgiveness of their current act of sinning, but they can just do it again because there is no limit to forgiveness. Repentance is turning completely away from that sin. Therefore, we do not repent every 15 minutes every time we smoke a cigarette. Rather, a show of true repentance is ceasing the sin. We are told, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1). The goal is to stop sinning. Now, for the honest soul, it is not “one oops and out”. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). But for the soul that wants to continue sinning, the simply are “turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness” (Jude 1:4). So, are you taking advantage of God’s grace abusively, or are you an honest seeker of Heaven?

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Some people who find out what is displeasing to God, like no longer eating pork or shell fish, we consider to have “one last experience”. Why? It is not like a person can look back at any time upon it and say, “Oh, that tasted so good.” If we are truly repentant of our sins, we would look back upon our past life of ignorance with disdain for having done that in the first place. It is like having an old boyfriend or girlfriend. Upon meeting someone else that is better suited for us, how would that new suiter feel if we said, “I would love to begin a relationship with you, but I just want one last day with my old boyfriend (or girlfriend)”? The same is true regarding one last article of food, one last concert to go to, one last movie to attend, one last cigarette, one last any sinful practice. There should be no “one last” anything. “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). It does not say to cut back or have one last anything. If we Love God and know that sin hurts God, it simply should be an instant cut off of it. So, how is your relationship with God when you find out that in ignorance you were actually hurting God?

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

People make time for what is important in their lives. How much time to make for God? Going to church once a week is no different than people going to their jobs. What beyond church do you dedicate to God?

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Selfishness is really the only sin people need to overcome because if they were purely selfless, then there would be no seeking sexual satisfaction, and there would be more of respecting a spouse or even the person that seems so attractive no matter how willing they are. There would be no stealing because one would be more concerned about the victim doing without. There would be respect for authority and the rules so as not to bring frustration upon another to have to deal with rule breaking. There would be no lying because one would be more concerned about the other person’s feeling when they find out. There would be no coveting because one would always be happy for another. Killing and getting so angry with another would be out of the question because there would be no desire of trying to get even. Such a selfless person would be concerned for God’s feeling in respecting His name, use of idols, putting other beings in place of God as well as trampling upon His holy day. So, how selfless are you?

Monday, September 23, 2019

Allowance by God to sin is not permission but trust. God has given us personal ability to choose to “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). If God were to strike us every time we started to sin, we would no longer have that choice. And ultimately, God wants us to choose to love Him, not be forced to. So, what do you do with that much responsibility?

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Witnessing simply with good works to show how Christians ought to act is a good initial step in sharing the gospel, but if a person really wants to save a soul, they need to be understanding the warning message from “the everlasting gospel” (Revelation 14:6). Do you know “the everlasting gospel”?

Friday, September 20, 2019

Although the same sins of adultery, lying, stealing, murdering, etc. have been around from the beginning, two things have changed since then. Such sins were done with the intent to cover it up, but today, we are blatant about it, especially when it comes to sex. The other thing that has changed is that technology makes it easier to perform the crime. Embezzlement is just an electronic click away, lying is all over the internet, and bullying someone to death can be done anonymously. Of course, sex is all over the Internet in many different forms. So, how exposed are you to these things, and do any of them make it harder in your life to give up sinning?

Thursday, September 19, 2019

People say they cannot stop sinning. They cannot stop their habits. They cannot change. The Bible says, “if there be first a willing mind, [it is] accepted according to that a man hath, [and] not according to that he hath not” (2 Corinthians 8:12). It is not about what a person cannot do; it is about what they can do. A person can honestly be willing. That is not a “I want this habit to be done” while thinking “man, I like doing it!” It also does not contain worry, for example, “If I quit smoking, I’m going to get fat!” No consequence thoughts are to enter the mind. Let the consequences be what they will be. The attitude for a willing mind is complete surrender as if one’s life depends upon giving it up. Tears are allowed. So, how willing are you, keeping in mind, “The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)?

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

When the Bible says, “I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him” (Isaiah 8:17), that includes the patience in times of challenges. Wanting instant answers is not waiting. So, how much do you exercise the “waiting” part and relax during the situation?

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Both John the Baptist and the apostles called people to “do works meet for repentance” (Acts 26:20). This claiming once to be saved and disregarding any righteous life afterwards or diminishing the righteous life being required is satanic. Also, for those that do not believe in once saved, always saved, there is another danger. Sinning and repenting, sinning the same sin and repenting again, day in and day out is mockery of grace. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). And for those that think that if they perfect a righteous life that somehow it grants eternal life, Jesus calls such “whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward” (Matthew 23:27). Jesus simply asks, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous” (1 John 5:2-3). So, do you love God enough to stop sinning of which it is He “that is able to keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24), or are you living in a sinful life thinking you can sin right into Heaven without consequence despite being told that “the wages of sin [is] death” (Romans 6:23)?

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Since sin separates us from God, how can any theology that permits sinning be right? Jesus even said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). All the light that God the Father has, which is everything, He is perfect in righteousness. That means all the light we have, which is not everything, we are responsible for and expected to be perfect in. If we know smoking will “defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are” (1 Corinthians 3:17), then we are to perfectly cast that habit away. But if we did not know something else, which I cannot mention or my example would fail because then you would know that sin, we are not responsible for. Therefore, if a person becomes a Christian, chooses to smoke, they cannot claim eternal salvation; they will be lost. “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them” (2 Peter 2:20-21). So, do you hide your eyes from verses you should be reading, or do you reject listening to only a preacher and search the scriptures yourself?

Friday, September 13, 2019

Salvation is not something to lightly regard. It is not a game. It is not something that is to be gotten around to. It is the most important thing in life to seek after. We are told to “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33) and yet TV gets in the way, going here and going there seems to be more exciting, employment seems to be foremost, getting the most out of life seems to be the desire, and other distractions interfere too. In other words, people are born, some choose to go to church, and that is pretty much all of their relationship they have with God as everything else seems to need people’s attention. That in nowise appears to be seeking the kingdom of God first. So, where in your ranking is Heaven in your life, not only in thought but action?

Thursday, September 12, 2019

As with everything, there are good uses and bad uses of objects. It all depends upon the people. People use vehicles as a great transportation mode while others use it to show off and are careless causing injury. Guns are great for protection while other people are killing needlessly with them. The Internet is a great communication tool while offering the opportunity to look at sinful images, provide means to steal, and even to bully others to the point of suicide. What these three examples and many others have in common is discipline and responsibility. We are responsible for our own actions not only regarding consequences here but eternal consequences. And yes, even Christians that choose to participate in sinning will be lost despite claiming to be a Christian. And, it is up to the God given “divine power” (2 Peter 1:3) to be in self-control or disciplined, which is what makes us a disciple of Christ (Luke 14:27, Luke 14:33, John 8:31, John 13:35). So, how responsible and disciplined are you?

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Be careful not to disobey the government but be suspicious of everything. Despite what they may say, the government does not have our best interest in mind. In fact, no government does. People are expendable. So, how loyal are you to the government? In fact, how dependent upon the government are you? Ought we not be dependent upon God?

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Although volunteering is a noble act, remember “the labourer is worthy of his hire” (Luke 10:7), even if it is doing God’s work. The prosperity gospel, on the other hand, is greed and reveals how unconverted such ministers are in hording the funds and building large estates of which Jesus never had. So, do you feel uneasy getting paid to do God’s work, or do you see a balance between simply being provided with the necessities of life so one can stay focused upon doing the work?

Monday, September 09, 2019

Life in the fast lane may sound exciting, but it usually is Satan who has us so active, even in good things, that we do not have time for God. How much time do you give God every day? Do you even give God time once a week?

Sunday, September 08, 2019

There is a difference between obsession and discipline. Just having to watch a TV program and talk about the program or actors every day, is obsession. Just having to go for a walk every day is being disciplined. So, what obsessions do you need to rid yourself of and what do you need to become more disciplined in?

Friday, September 06, 2019

If a person is in a situation that they cannot change, second guessing and wishing for a different situation is a waste of energy. Those thought processes simply further undermine the experience, and if more time would be put into trying to focus upon the positives, a better perception may actually be experienced. To continue to use such thoughts in second guessing is nothing short of coveting. So, how often do you waste thought energy on what cannot be changed?

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Putting a substance into the body that makes one weak to resist sin does not lessen the responsibility towards sinning. So, do you use alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, etc. as an excuse of not being able to stay in self-control, or do you accept full responsibility for your sinning and repent?

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Obedience is the outward expression of love: “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21). “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). So, how much do you love God? Enough to obey Him?

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

When facing challenges, reputation can get in the way and sinning is at the door. Many people either exaggerate or lie about things to get through life, which are one and the same. They are challenged with getting a job, so they exaggerate on their resumes. They may be challenged at work over a mistake, and plead complete surprise at the result. Many claim these to be mere allowable lies called little or white lies. Interestingly, the commandments says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour” (Exodus 20:16). There are no exceptions there. We are to be preparing to dwell in Heaven with sinless beings. Can you imagine angels telling such lies? Does God?

Monday, September 02, 2019

Many calendars today are showing Sunday as the seventh day of the week. Some show it as the second day. They do so by combining the weekend. But if you ever wonder what day it really is, just remember, “[Jesus] was risen early the first [day] of the week” (Mark 16:9), which is commonly recognized by many Christians on a pagan day called Ishtar day or better known as Easter Sunday. Therefore, Sunday is actually the first day of the week making Saturday the seventh day. So, do you allow the world, controlled by Satan to mix up the days in your mind, or do you know God’s perfect order of days from sundown to sundown as one, two, three, four, five, preparation, and Sabbath (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown)?

Sunday, September 01, 2019

When facing temptations, ask, “What put me into this situation? Was it avoidable? How do I prevent this from happening again?” Because constantly being placed into the same temptations on purpose will eventually wear a person down and they will fall for “every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed” (James 1:14). It is actually a weakness that we have that makes it a temptation. Some people cannot resist alcohol while others could visit a winery and not be tempted. To place ourselves purposely into temptation is no excuse for we are to “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak” (Matthew 26:41). So, how are you doing on that “watching” part?

Friday, August 30, 2019

Jesus said, “ye shall be witnesses” (Acts 1:8). We did not see anything, like the apostles did, but we are still to be witnesses. That means we still have evidence to supply in some court case. The only evidence we can supply is that the power of Christ exists. A simple acknowledgment that Jesus saves is no witness. That is just mere faith that unbelievers roll their eyes at. But showing that “if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Now that is evidence that is able to be submitted. People who are unconverted can even weigh a person’s old life and compare it to a new life. So, how is your witness to the power of God, or do you still witness for Satan by continuing to sin?

Thursday, August 29, 2019

The goal of temptation is to sin. Sin separates us from God. Repentance brings us back into relationship with God. Every belief needs to be evaluated on that basis. If a belief encourages sinning, it is of the devil. For instance, to believe that a person can never be lost once they are “saved” means there is no consequence to sinning. Therefore, such a belief actually encourages a person to sin, especially when faced with very strong temptations. If a person cannot be lost, why struggle? Just give in! So, does your faith permit sinning, which is of the devil, or does your faith encourage obedience glorifying God?

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Why do Christians even attack the Bible? It is one thing for unbelievers to discredit the Bible but Christians? The real answer is in the power of the scriptures. Jesus said, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17), but people do not want to know the truth about their sins because they love their sins. To be sanctified through the truth by allowing the word to make them holy means that through the word, their sins are removed. Most Christians are looking for an excuse to keep their sins and still go to Heaven. Therefore, if they can discredit the Bible claiming it to be opinions of men, then they feel they can keep their sins, do whatever they want to do, live however they want to live. But why take such a risk upon the most important thing in life … having eternal life?

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

People get concerned when a registered sex offender moves into a neighborhood. Just imagine what Heaven must be like. There is a whole lot of Christians that think they can move into the purity of Heaven dragging their sins along, and there is concern among the angels for good reason. In reality, only repentant Christians get to go to Heaven. This is why the Bible says, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62) referring to potential backsliding into sinning. “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). So, how fit are you for the kingdom? Are you preserved blameless even? “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9).

Monday, August 26, 2019

Jesus said, “My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it” (Luke 8:21). Too many Christians just want to hear how they are saved but do not want to do what Jesus said. So, are you just a hearer about grace, or also a doer of holy living?

Sunday, August 25, 2019

We are born with the attitude, “What do I get out of this?” When we are born again, the attitude changes to, “How can I give to this?” It is a difference between getting and giving, taking and being of service. We are to be “a servant of Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:1). So, are you?

Friday, August 23, 2019

If a person is serious about God, they would be serious about giving up sin! “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37). Sin is a selfish act, which means not all of one’s heart, mind, and soul is then is for God. Some is reserved for self. How is your heart, mind, and soul?

Thursday, August 22, 2019

By bragging about the great deeds one does instead of letting “not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth” (Matthew 6:3), a person comes across as salvation by works. Salvation is a gift. Works is a result of accepting that gift. So, where do you place your good deeds? On a level that earns you points or simply a result from your acceptance of forgiveness?

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Motivation for what we do and say is what counts in the judgment – not the actual action. People can put on Christianity for selfish reasons, and someone may appear to do something wrong when it really is not. So, are you counting your good deeds thinking they count for something, or do you have the right motivation in doing what you do and saying what you are saying?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Temptation is a choice between sin and obedience. “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). If a person chooses to obey God, they receive Christ’s righteousness and be granted entrance into Heaven. They do not earn Christ’s righteousness for it is a gift. If a person, chooses to sin, they will suffer eternal death. So, will you choose wisely?

Monday, August 19, 2019

The devil has life all mixed up. The Bible says, “Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15), and yet so many Christians love the things of the world. They love TV programs, going to the movies, getting bigger and better things of life, listening to the latest music sensation, experiencing all there is to experience, and more. In other words, fun is the main theme when service is to be the main theme. We do not see Jesus wasting time, nor His disciples. Just because we live in “modern times” does not mean we are at liberty to spend so much on entertainment, risking life in experiencing it, and putting all of our energy into getting ahead. So, has the devil wooed you into loving the world, or is your life full of service for God?

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The devil has things all messed up regarding sex. Sex was created of God as a giving experience. The devil turned it into a selfish taking experience. People watch porn because selfishly their partner does not satisfy them quite like a porn stars do. People commit adultery for the same reason. Many divorces happen because sex is not selfishly fulfilling with the current partner. Rape happens for selfish satisfaction. Masturbation happens for the same reason. Even non-male to female or non-female to male relationships occur for selfish reasons as well when God created the intent of female quality and male quality to be giving into the relationship to blend both qualities into a balance upbringing of children. Overall, it is easy to spot the sin when one sees sex from a giving perspective as opposed to a taking perspective. Even in a proper male and female marriage, excess in activity occurs because of selfishness. So, is there any selfish tendencies in your sexual life?

Friday, August 16, 2019

Every day that a person holds onto a sin makes it harder to let go of it later. Every day a sin is not exercised makes one stronger to resist it in the future. So, why not give up any sins you may have today since it will be easier than tomorrow?

Thursday, August 15, 2019

It is not the sin that actually matters; it is the selfishness behind it. If we were not selfish, we would not commit the sin, in fact, we would not commit any sin. Sin usually starts with “I”. “I feel like…” “I want to…” The devil has the same “I” issue, in fact, that is where we get the “I” issue from. “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:13-14). So, how much of an “I” issue do you have? How selfish are you?

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

People enjoy underdog movies be it about boxing, other sports, even relationships. They hope the underdog pulls themselves up and keeps on fighting. But it seems that the real-life underdog experience is completely ignored, and that is us. Satan, with his temptations, is the ultimate bully. It seems though, when Satan wins and leads us into sin, we simply say, “Oh well, I’m saved anyways.” There is no “riseth up again” (Proverbs 24:16). There is no “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). There is simply an allowance for Satan to keep us down in sin. Jesus said, “sin no more” (John 5:14), meaning, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). Do you accept it? Do you accept this power to actually get up and fight against sin despite being the underdog? In fact, “we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1 ). “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance” (Luke 15:7). That is the ultimate audience. Let us not let them down!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

If a person knows how to save a lot on car insurance, they typically share the information with others. If a person knows the coming weather calamity and someone is excitedly telling others of the outdoor event they are going to attend, that first person is likely to give a warning of the bad weather moving in. If there is a big sale at a store, people usually tell other people about it. People tell others about the wonderful food they ate at a restaurant, the time they had at an event to encourage others to go, etc. But when soul saving, eternal life matters are at stake, most are silent. The most important thing in life and people are silent. That is so sad especially when Jesus told everyone that becomes His follower to “preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). So, do you tell others of the saving gospel, or do you horde it to yourself?

Monday, August 12, 2019

You may do all of the right things, say all of the right things, but still end up having problems. God never promised a smooth road. He simply promised a great reward only if we, by the grace of God, handle the roughness in our life properly. So, do you throw an adult fit when things go wrong, or do you handle things as Christ would have you handle them?

Sunday, August 11, 2019

People who put puzzles together, frame them, and hang them on a wall do not do so until all of the pieces are put together. The same approach should be used in the Bible. No one is to use a verse or two to justify a belief. Get all of the verses to see the full picture (Isaiah 28:9-10). By doing so, we would have only one denomination then. But instead, everyone has their favorite piece of the puzzle but not the whole puzzle, well, except for one denomination because Jesus said, “upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Upon Jesus, He has built His church and not churches, and “there shall be one fold, [and] one shepherd” (John 10:16). So, are you part of the one fold that uses all of the puzzle pieces?

Friday, August 09, 2019

The devil sinned and was kicked out of Heaven. Adam and Eve sinned and were kicked out of the garden. The flood came and destroyed all who continued to sin. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because they were sinning. A whole generation died in the dessert because of sinning the sin of unbelief. Moses did not enter the promised land because of sin, though He repented was still not permitted. Why is it that Christians, despite numerous New Testament verses that speak against their popular belief, think they can enter Heaven while still sinning? So, do you have sins in your life that you are continuing to practice giving no effort to cease from and still think you are going to Heaven making a mockery of grace (Romans 6:1-2)?

Thursday, August 08, 2019

What are your first thoughts in the morning? Am I late to work or an appointment? How hungry am I? Is it nice outside? Does my work need my attention? Do I have social media messages that I missed? All of these may be significant, but did you thank God and asked Him to keep you all the day long? Do you have any God time basically?

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Jesus said, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak” (Matthew 26:41). It is not enough to simply avoid sin. The “watch” part includes also avoiding that which leads to sin. Thoughts of adultery increase as people view sensual scenes on TV and in the movies. Even suggestive lyrics add to the increased desire. To do as Jesus said, we ought to avoid such programming. So, how careful are you when it comes to temptation?

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Parents expect their children to obey them. Teachers expect the students to obey in the classrooms. Police offers are used to keep people in obedience to the laws or face the consequences. Judges hand down verdicts in which the consequences are also supposed to be carried out. But for some reason, many Christians do not believe God wants us to obey Him. Are you one of them?

Monday, August 05, 2019

Just because some other Christian sinned, it does not justify or permit us to do the same thing, yet so many Christians point to David’s adultery, Abraham’s lying, even David’s murder as permitting their so-called little sins. What they forget is that each of these men repented. Just look at what David wrote about his adultery in Psalms 51. If we continue sinning, “the soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:4). So, do you purposely allow sin in your life because of some poor examples even in the Bible, let alone the other Christians you may know, or, by the grace of God, “whosoever is born of God sinneth not” (1 John 5:18)?

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Just because a person thinks that their father, and his father, and his father, will be in Heaven while doing things that today’s son has just realized is actually labeled as a sin in the Bible, does not mean that such a son will be entering into Heaven with that knowledge and continuing to do as his fathers. Besides, we are not the judge of Heaven and Hell. That decision is up to God. So, who knows? Just maybe all of those fathers will not be in Heaven. That means our standard of what we would think is permissible is probably off when comparing ourselves with others. The Bible is the only standard and we are judged individually of what we know and do. So, is it worth the risk to point to prior generations of ignorance to permit continuing to sin with today’s knowledge? Is Heaven worth losing by risking being wrong?

Friday, August 02, 2019

Did you know that many people wear themselves out without exercising, and it is not in a good way? Just like using one arm to lift weights for hours while the rest of the body does nothing can wear out the muscles in that arm, the stomach is the same way. Eating all day long nibbling here and nibbling there keeps the stomach muscles active, and they can wear out, and this in turn tires out the body. No wonder so many people say they do not have much energy to do this or that. Maybe if they stop eating all day, they will have more energy. So, how often do you wear out your stomach muscles?

Thursday, August 01, 2019

So many people say that the Bible is so hard to understand. How about trying to understand it without the personal agenda? If a person tries to prove that alcohol is fine for consumption, yes, they are going to see that Bible as being contradictory. But when a person seeks to know what the Bible says on alcohol use, they will find the non-contradictory understanding. So, how do you see the Bible?

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Outward Christianity alone does not make one a Christian. Jesus says that such are “whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead [men's] bones, and of all uncleanness” (Matthew 23:27). And Paul predicted that the last generation church would be full of such people “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:5). The true “gospel of Christ” “is the power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16). Now, do you have the true gospel that makes one a Christian on the inside by ceasing from their sins or the one that is lacking power?

Monday, July 29, 2019

A sign of a true Christian is always giving of themselves. A sign of an unconverted person is thinking first of themselves. What do you do?

Sunday, July 28, 2019

The biggest idol in people’s lives is time. They think that time is their own and maybe they will give an hour once a week to God and go to church. And that is a big maybe. In reality, all of it is God’s time. And if any time is used selfishly that is when it becomes an idol. Employment (Proverbs 6:6), Bible Study (2 Timothy 2:15), gospel sharing (Mark 16:15), home maintenance (Proverbs 6:6), proper parent involvement (Proverbs 22:6), exercise (3 John 1:2), are examples of using time for God’s sake. Vegging out in front of the TV (Psalms 101:3), getting more hours of sleep than the body needs (Proverbs 26:14), sitting around gossiping (Proverbs 10:18), are all examples of using time in an idol-like manner. So, how do you use time?

Friday, July 26, 2019

God’s way of curing us of sin is not just cutting back. Jesus said, “go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). He did not say, “go, and reduce your sinning”. Therefore, the alcoholic that reduces the number of servings of alcohol per day, per week is not really accomplishing anything great in the sight of God. The same is true with smoking. Reducing the number smoked per day, per week is nothing to rejoice about. Reducing the amount of caffeine is nothing to get excited about. We may call it “cold turkey”, but God says, “Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee” (John 5:14). So, do you believe you have been made whole, or are you patting yourself on the back as a practicing sinner still?

Thursday, July 25, 2019

There is a difference between having the knowledge of God and knowing God. Knowing God is having a true, daily experience with God. The other is treating God as something to be studied or acknowledged as existing. Which do you have?

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Persecution is allowed of God because Christians, as all people, have a tendency to become comfortable. We know this to be so because most churches are into entertaining their flock today as opposed to going forth and preaching the gospel. Even society has resisted hearing “the gospel” yet a sign of the last days will be that “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14). Therefore, as in the early church, when worldwide persecution happens, “they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word” (Acts 8:4). Seeing that today Christian persecution is on the rise, are you knowledgeable in the gospel to be able to go and preach it?

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The early church practiced not holding a grudge, even against persecutors. Regarding Stephen being stoned to death, Acts 7:60 says, “And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” Too many Christians still practice “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth” (Matthew 5:38), however, Jesus taught, “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also” (Matthew 5:39). It is one thing to not be in someone’s company because of persecution, but it is another thing to be carrying a grudge. So, how many people who have mistreated you do you hold grudges against?

Monday, July 22, 2019

According to Acts 7:53, the early church, through Stephen, accused the church of not keeping the law. Today, hardly any Christian keeps the Ten Commandments despite Paul writing, “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31). “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2). So, are you just as guilty by not keeping the law and using faith and grace as an excuse to break them, or do you actually love Jesus and keep His commandments (John 14:15)?

Sunday, July 21, 2019

In the early church, Stephen was not afraid to say to religious leaders, “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers [did], so [do] ye” (Acts 7:51). Most people in position, be it a minister or office holder, are in it because it is a good job. Most are not in it because the Spirit has driven them. The more popular they are, the less likely they are going to preach the truth because the truth is not popular. That does not mean they will lie. It means that they will leave the unpopular part out. It is easy to condemn the act of doing drugs and being a glutton, but it is another thing to condemn the act of every lie being told by mentioning even the little ones, eating properly by avoiding certain creatures, and even worshipping on the Sabbath day. And today’s Christians are eating up these falsehoods because “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” (2 Timothy 4:3). So, what type of messages do you like listening to? The ones that make you change your life, or the ones that make you comfortable?

Friday, July 19, 2019

From Acts 7:1 through 50, Stephen recalled step by step the history of the Jewish people. Of course, he got cut off, but what he did recount is much of the history that today’s Christians question, including the crossing of the Red Sea. If it were just fables, why would a person whose life is on the line bring up as a list of fables before his judges? He would not. He would stick to the true evidence to save his life. Therefore, all that Christians today that think they are too smart for believing these things as accurate and real are in reality duped by evolutionists, even atheists. So, do you believe the story of Joseph, and Moses, and others to be literal, or have you too been duped?

Thursday, July 18, 2019

In the early church, when Stephen was brought to trial for preaching in the name of Jesus, “all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel” (Acts 6:15). When the Bible says that we are to reflect Christ, it physically can happen. Even Moses had to “put a vail on his face” (Exodus 34:33). But this type of reflection is only by the God fearing, God obeying, wholly consecrated person. Is that something you are striving for?

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

According to Acts 6:10, regular church folk had superior wisdom in comparison to the unconverted, even in comparison with the religious leaders. This wisdom just does not happen automatically. Between feeding the Word of God into one’s soul and then “take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say” (Luke 12:11-12). But the Holy Ghost cannot pull out the words if they are not there. So, are you feeding yourself God’s Word on a regular basis, or do you have enough of God time once a week, barely?

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

“Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people” (Acts 6:8) shows that miracles continued beyond the day of Pentecost, but they seem very lacking today. That is because today’s Christians are just “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5). They explain away miracles of the Bible. They discredit the acts of God. So, why would God perform a miracle then? He would not. In fact, supposed miracles today are mostly of the devil because they “deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast” (Revelation 13:14). Now, how do you treat the miracles of the Bible?

Monday, July 15, 2019

In electing a person to church position, it was based upon “honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom” (Acts 6:3). It was not like running for political office. It was not to be a popularity contest. It was to be a quality or character selection. So, how are people placed in office in your church?

Sunday, July 14, 2019

According Acts 6:2, the early church believed that people have assigned tasks. Preachers were to focus upon the Word of God and Saving souls. Deacons were to take care of local and personal needs. Both tasks were worthy and important. Even deacons had the opportunity to speak the Word of truth, and the preachers did not ignore everyone’s needs. The roles were not in a hierarchy but simply filling the need the best. Just like today, both men and women have their primary roles because they are blessed of God in that area. The primary teacher of children ought to be women, while men ought to be the bread winner. That does not mean women cannot work, and it does not mean that men cannot take care of the children, but to throw children unnecessarily into daycare so both can follow their careers is what Satan wants because he does not want parents teaching the children at all. He wants society to corrupt the children. And he has been doing a very good job at because there are now more atheists than there are Christians in this country. So, are you fulfilling your role properly, or are you jealously sacrificing the God given responsibilities just to prove you are equal?

Friday, July 12, 2019

According to Acts 5:42, the early church was “daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” Yet today, many say that everyone has their own religion and should be left alone, as to silence that preaching of the true Jesus. They say that religion is a private matter despite Jesus saying, “go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 10:7). It is part of the worldwide COEXIST movement in which to declare Christianity superior to any other religion is somehow ungodly. So, do you share the true gospel with others whenever you can, or do “respect” other people’s belief that you keep it to yourself?

Thursday, July 11, 2019

In Acts Acts 5:34-39, “a Pharisee, named Gamaliel” said these famous words, “if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God” (verse 39). Basically, God used one of the “enemy” to protect the apostles. As today, much more harm could come upon today’s Christians, but we must trust that God has His was already prepared. So, how much do you trust God and His ways of handling things?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The early church faced threats of death for staying true to God (Acts 5:33), but it is at that time that we are to “fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). Yet, in this COEXIST world, it seems that no one stands for anything anymore. So. What do you stand for?

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

The early church believed that to be a follower of Christ meant more than just belief. The believed we were to “obey him” (Acts 5:32). So, how much obeying do you do, or do you do as you please claiming only “believing”?

Sunday, July 07, 2019

The early church believed “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29), yet so many denominations give into to the demands of society. It is amazing that there were no women pastors or leaders and yet, once the feminist movement became something to be reckoned with, we have them now. The same is true with LGBQ movement. Even simple things of being against movies but once TV came about, now churches offer movie nights. So, is your church given into the whims of society or are they staying true to God’s Word even if attendance goes down?

Friday, July 05, 2019

It is said, “Those that are ignorant of the past tend to repeat it.” A step further is to say, “Those that do not know history cannot understand Bible prophecy.” So, how much history do you know?

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Today is Independence Day in the United States. We celebrate being independent from the tyranny of the King of England. But there is a more important tyranny to be free from that people just do not seem to care about and that is sins and Satan. It is so important that our eternal life depends upon it. “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not” (1 John 5:18). Is that you or are you still under tyranny and sinning?

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

According to the early church, “And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison” (Acts 5:18). In the last days, the same shall happen. “They shall lay their hands on you, and persecute [you], delivering [you] up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake” (Luke 21:12). So, do you think Christianity gets along with society, or by example, draws animosity from the world?

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

According to Acts 5:12-16, many miracle healings took place in the early church that even a shadow of the apostles caused healing to happen. Why does that not happen today? And no, do not tell me that some televangelists have that power. The power I am referring to that comes from God goes outside of the church building and heals. People like Benny Hinn ought to go to hospitals and heal people if they really have the gift. So again, where is the gift today? In Jesus’ day, the disciples asked the same thing. “Why could not we cast him out?” (Matthew 17:19) Jesus’ answer was, “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:21). It is called obedience or the lack thereof today that is causing the problem. According to Proverbs 28:9, “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination.” Today’s Christians have done away with the Ten Commandments making their prayers null and void towards God. That is why there is no power to perform these miracles. They also discredit God’s Word, the Bible. Do you really think God is going to work miracles through such people? So, what is your attitude towards the Ten Commandments and the Bible?

Monday, July 01, 2019

In Acts 5:1-11, is the story of how a little lie was not tolerated in the early church. Today, church members regularly participate in what they call “white lies”. The word “white” implies purity, but there is nothing pure about a lie for all sin is the color of black or darkness in the Bible. So, has modern society corrupted your ways where you justify lying of any sort, or do you avoid all lying because even though you may not be struck dead immediately like “Ananias, with Sapphira his wife” (Acts 5:1), the second death is still before you?

Sunday, June 30, 2019

According to Acts 4:32-45, they made sure everyone in the church was taken care of with the apostles making the wise choices. This was not welfare, but with persecution from the Jews, it was pretty hard to make a living. As they remained faithful, their basic needs were met. Unlike today. With the health, wealth, and prosperity gospel, it seems the preachers are the ones getting the wealth to keep for themselves. Is that who you support, or do you support a Christ-like figure Who distributed to others and had no place to lay His head (Matthew 8:20)?

Friday, June 28, 2019

When the presence of the Holy Spirit came upon the early church, they did not crawl around like children, bark like dogs, laugh uncontrollably, or even speak in unknown tongues, “they spake the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31). So, what spirit possess you, God’s or the Devil’s?

Thursday, June 27, 2019

According to Acts 4:19, the early church invited judgment of their actions, which they too were judging other people’s actions. Therefore, the notion that we are not to judge people’s actions is just another way of saying, “Let me do whatever sin I want without being made to feel guilty.” The only judgment we cannot make is the final destination of a person. So, do you “judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24), or do you allow society to prevent you from judging?

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

According to Acts 4:18, Peter and John were commanded “not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.” Peter and John disobeyed the command, but today’s ministers cave. Numerous ministers are asked to offer a public prayer, and where they used to end with “In Jesus name”, they replace with just saying, “Amen”. They leave out Jesus from the prayers so as to be inclusive. Therefore, many ministers today are denying Jesus and ought not be listened to for “whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:33). So, are you accepting of this generic praying?

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

According to Acts 4:17, the early church lived under threats but that did not deter them. So, do threats change how you live your Christianity?

Monday, June 24, 2019

The early church was made up of the “unlearned and ignorant”. They did not have college degrees, nor do you have to have one. So, what is holding you back from teaching others the gospel?

Sunday, June 23, 2019

The early church was bold with Christianity and not timid in trying to win souls (Acts 4:13). Too many Christians think they can win souls by simply wearing a t-shirt or a piece of jewelry. In fact, a lot of Christians who are questioned about their Christianity will clam up, coil up, make excuses for it. We need to be bold knowing full well it is the true religion. We are not to be bold by picketing against funerals. We are not to be bold to be disruptive. In fact, we are not to be bold and organize marches. We are to be bold when Christianity is challenged. We are to boldly share the truth when invited without making excuse for it. Of course, that requires knowing what true Christianity is. So, do you know what our true beliefs are?

Friday, June 21, 2019

The early church believed that God’s true religion was the Jewish race until Christ came and said, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). In other words, they believed now the true religion is Christian. They did not accept any other religion for to deny Christ was to deny salvation “for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12), and Christ “is become the head of the corner” (Acts 4:11). So, do you believe like the early church, or have you been brainwashed into thinking we all serve the same God denying the purpose of Christ?

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The early church believed in continued miracles after Jesus’ death and resurrection (Acts 4:10). Many of today’s Christians do not believe in miracles. They believe that there are scientific reasons for everything stated as an act of God in the Bible. Walking on water was because of the water hardness or ice; turning water into wine was actually the filling of pots that still had a bit of wine stuck to the sides flavoring the water; feeding of the 5,000 and 4,000 was through the means of other food sources, etc. Even Old Testament stories are dismissed like Noah’s flood being an exaggeration of a localized flood, the Red Sea crossing being a fluke moment in which the tide pulled out, Sodom being destroyed by a nearby volcano, etc. So, do you take the Bible as it states, or do you believe they were ignorant people who called everything that was unexplainable a miracle?

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

According to Acts 4:7, the apostles indeed had power. They had power from on high. 2 Peter 1:3 tells us “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” Therefore, the early church believed they had power. They believed that no sin was too great to overcome. They believed “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). Today’s Christians are just “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5). They do not think they can live in complete obedience to the commandments. They do not believe they can stop sinning. They truly do not believe. So, do you truly believe in Jesus Who gives you power to overcome all sin, or do you not believe in Jesus and lack God’s gift – divine power?

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Sure, the early church grew because they believed, but they believed the Word of God (Acts 4:4), however, today’s “believe” movement is more of acknowledgement, while the early church was action upon it. In other words, if a person sees a sign that says, “Cliff ahead”, today’s Christian will acknowledge that there indeed is a cliff but not slow down and end up going over the edge, while the early church would heed the warning, take precautions, and may even change the path they were on. Even “the devils also believe, and tremble” (James 2:19), but they are not saved. Believing is not just acknowledgement; it is a reaction. And a Christian reaction is to obey what is written for “if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed” (2 Thessalonians 3:14), and “the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8). So, does your belief in Jesus involve obedience like the early church, or does it simply allow you to do whatever you want still, like the devil wants?

Monday, June 17, 2019

According to Acts 4:2, the early church taught “Jesus the resurrection from the dead”. That was a big deal because they believed when a person dies, “the dead know not any thing” (Ecclesiastes 9:5). In fact, “now is Christ risen from the dead, [and] become the firstfruits of them that slept” (1 Corinthians 15:20). In other words, people sleep unconsciously in the grave. Except for Enoch and Elijah, who were taken alive into Heaven, and Moses, who also was resurrected, no one else had come up from the grave. They did not believe that people went to Heaven or Hell in any form upon death. That is what makes our future resurrection such a miracle, when “the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live” (John 5:25). “The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). So, do you believe differently from the early church by putting souls or spirits into Heaven already, which is a form of worshipping the dead, a forbidden act in the Bible, or do you believe like the established early church that it will be a the second coming?

Sunday, June 16, 2019

In the early church, “the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees” (Acts 4:1) “laid hands on them, and put [them] in hold unto the next day” (Acts 4:3). They were willing to defy authority who had forbidden to teach in the name of Jesus even if that meant going to jail. Today’s Christians simply go along with government rules. The government legitimizes LGBQ+ movement and so does Christianity. The government legitimizes vaccines and so does Christianity. What this does is make government superior to God. So, which is superior to you – God or government?

Friday, June 14, 2019

The early church taught that there is to be no continuing in sin by stating “God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities” (Acts 3:26). So, by the grace of God, are you removing all of your sins, even the so-called little ones, or are you just claiming to be born again and living like the world?

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The early church was under the Abraham covenant in which “in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed” (Acts 3:25). Christians are to be a blessing to the world. If a person is not a blessing but rather obnoxious, grumpy, or down right selfish, they are not a Christian. So, how much of a blessing are you?

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The early church accepted all of the scriptures in addition to the writings of Moses “from Samuel and those that follow after” (Acts 3:24). How much of the Old Testament scriptures do you accept?

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The early church believed that obedience to the words of Jesus was part of salvation, for they taught, “it shall come to pass, [that] every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people” (Acts 3:23), where “hear” does not just mean to have it go into the ears. Hear results in doing what is heard. Of course, today we have the Bible containing the words of Jesus, therefore, it is more of seeing it and then living it. So, do you simply believe in Jesus, or do you also do as Jesus has said (John 14:15, 23)?

Monday, June 10, 2019

The early church used Old Testament scriptures by referring to the writings of Moses (Acts 3:22) unlike today’s Christian who believe that the New Testament replaces the Old when there are plenty of Old Testament prophecies yet to be fulfilled; God declares that He does not change; and we even get the definition of grace directly from Moses and is not defined in the New Testament as clearly as it is in the Old. In fact, it is said that the New reveals the Old, and the Old explains the New. Even Jesus used the Old Testament scriptures to formulate His teachings to Christians, though they were not called such until after His death and resurrection. So, are you an imbalanced Christian leaving out the Old Testament, or do you accept all of the scriptures?

Sunday, June 09, 2019

The early church obeyed every command of Jesus as they were told “hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you” (Acts 3:22), which was a prophecy when Jesus walked the earth, but His teachings are with us this day in the form of the Bible. The point is, how can one Christian say that smoking is a sin while another says it is not, and both be right? How can one Christian say that drinking alcohol is a sin while another says it is not, and both be right? How can one Christian say that wearing the immodest swimwear of the day is a sin while another sports mere strings as a bikini, and both be right? The simple fact is that the Word of God, the Bible, is clear and not contradictory on these teachings. It is humans that will pick out a single verse out of context and make it a doctrine or an allowance while ignoring straight forward verses on the matter. So, do you follow Christ’s commands, or do you ignore the Bible?

Friday, June 07, 2019

The early church believed that repentance and conversion was required. Acts 3:19 states, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” Repentance is to stop sinning. Conversion is to live a different life as outlined by God through His Word. Therefore, if a person does not stop sinning and does not live a righteous life, they do not go to Heaven. This notion of “just believe” is therefore satanic. Also, the notion that people can believer whatever they want is also satanic because to be converted means that we are changed into something specific. If one believes they are to be converted into a child while another thinks they are to be like a flower in the breeze being carefree we have confusion, which is of Satan. According to 1 John 3:2, Christians are to be like Christ. That is specific dos and don’ts obeying as He obeyed. So, are you converted? Have you truly repented of your sins?

Thursday, June 06, 2019

The early church practiced giving the benefit of the doubt. While stating that the Jews handed Jesus over to be crucified, Peter quickly followed up with, “I wot that through ignorance ye did [it], as [did] also your rulers” (Acts 3:17). Of course, ignorance is not always an excuse to allow getting away with something not to stay in ignorance, but nonetheless, the invitation was made. So, do you drive a person to the point of getting upset by holding them to an act they committed, or do you look for a way to basically point out the same wrong act but still offer a way that is not so stabbing?

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

The Bible says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he” (Proverbs 23:7). And we are told, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). Therefore, if we think like Christ, we would be Christ-like. If we do not think like Christ but call ourselves Christian, we are so in name only. And everyone that thinks that they are independent thinkers, think again. The Bible says that the world leaders, under the power of the Antichrist, which is alive and kicking, is formulating all minds into their agenda even if you do not think you are being manipulated (Revelation 17:13 – “These have one mind”). So, how do you think?

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Although Peter was able to give a lame man something of value in Acts 3:6 by saying, “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6), this tells us that the early church was careful in distributing funds to all those who claim to be in need. That is very much how we ought to be today. Just because someone holds up a sign declaring how homeless they are and willing to work for food does not mean they are in need. Providing means to many of these people may be the wrong act, and as responsible stewards of God’s funds, we need to choose wisely. When we know the actual need and it is a true need, we have the responsibility to step in and help. If we just willingly had funds to anyone, we are actually helping ourselves to have a “feel good” moment when in fact we may be helping a shyster fake their homeless needs or encouraging bad behavior like alcoholism. Some good tests are offering the beggar to a restaurant to see if they really are hungry, offering the person holding a gas can to a gas station to see if they really need gas, etc. So, how careful are you with God’s money, which is all of it?

Monday, June 03, 2019

The early church added saved people to their church. They did not try to save people through church for they knew that church was “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12). Today, we have all kinds of worldly attractions to get the world to sit in the pew in hopes that they will join the church permanently, even maybe show that they are saved by some profession at some point that will allow them to forever claim to be saved despite not showing complete transformation -- proper fruit. Through movie night, amusement rides, even gambling, all such activities seem to be allowed all being no different than the tables of merchandise that Jesus overthrew. So, do you belong to a social club, or do you attend a church that helps work out sins from your life?

Sunday, June 02, 2019

The early church experienced Christianity as a daily activity by “continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart” (Acts 2:46), while today, less than 30% of Christians assemble together. There’s soccer, sleeping in, conflicting schedules, sports viewing, family, etc. that seems to get in the way. And these people think they will be spending eternity with God? They cannot even find a moment now. So, are you caught up in the world and too busy for God, or do you spend daily time with Him especially in His Word?

Friday, May 31, 2019

The early church “had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all [men], as every man had need” (Acts 2:44-45). This was not communism. All things belong to God. And as one brother saw another being unfairly treated to the point of not being able to provide for his family, another would step in for the sake of Christ and provide. Holding things in common did not mean Nicodemus or Joseph of Arimathaea instantly went from wealthy to average, but as they did at the cross, they knew the disciples could not afford to bury Jesus, and so they took care of it. There is nothing wrong with wealth, if used properly. So, how do you manage your means?

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The early church “continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine” (Acts 2:42). That means what Matthew, John, James, and Peter wrote, for they were the apostles of Jesus while Jesus walked the earth, the early church continued in, yet Christians today try to throw out John’s many calls to keeping the commandments. They try to throw out Peter’s call to godliness. They try to throw out James’ call to showing faith through works. And they try to throw out Matthew’s gospel for the many references to “do” Christianity instead of simply saying that one is a Christian. Of course, Paul is also considered an apostle (Romans 1:1) and despite Christians quoting Romans and Galatians a lot, any call to obedience (Romans 6:16) seems to also be thrown out today. Basically, today’s Christians want to be such in name only and not actually live it. So, are you a name only Christian or do you actually “put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27) by living it?

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The experience of the early church was that “they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41). In other words, they accepted the words of Peter even as being words from God. And one thing that Peter wrote of his words was, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:20-21), yet today, most Christians do not accept the Bible to be anything special. They believe it to simply be an outdated book when in fact it was written by prophets under the movement of the Holy Spirit. It was not written by prophets when not under the movement of the Holy Spirit, and it was not written by mere men either that simply wrote things down. In other words, “Jesus the author” (Hebrews 12:2) and the prophets, which was every person that has a book in the Bible, they were “the pen of a ready writer” (Psalms 45:1). So, how do you treat the scriptures? As words from Jesus inspired by the Holy Spirit into the writers, or mere human beings no different than some other author writing fiction?

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The early church believed that they need to be saved out of the influence of the world and not be participating in it, unlike today’s Christians who seem to copy the world playing the same video games, watching the same garbage, risking their lives in the same foolish manner, seeking the corporate ladder, etc. The were told, “Save yourselves from this untoward generation” (Acts 2:40). This generation seems to “Christianize” the garbage and call it a holy experience. So, are you caught up in the ways of the world even if “Jesus” is mentioned in it, or are you saving yourself from it through the power of Jesus Christ?

Monday, May 27, 2019

The early church taught, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). Unfortunately, most Christians just “believed, and were baptized” (Acts 18:8). Which is it then? It is both. We do not pit the scriptures against each other but rather they form a picture with multiple pieces. To repent is to believe, but as “the devils also believe, and tremble” (James 2:19), our reaction if we believe in Jesus is to repent, which is to send sin into remission. Sure, we shall be tempted for the rest of our lives to sin, but we do not have to fulfill the temptation. But today’s Christians simply mouth the words of belief, get baptized, and continue sinning. That is not true belief; that is not repentance either. So, are you a Christian like the early church, or are you just a name only Christian of today?

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Continuing on with the early church not believing in immediate Heaven and Hell, Peter emphatically stated, in Acts 2:34, “For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand.” It actually makes sense. Why should Cain be suffering in hell for 1 murder for almost 6,000 years and Hitler be suffering only 70 or so years? Why should Abel get to enjoy Heaven 6,000 years ahead of saved people that die today? All of such theology negates the need of a resurrection as well. So, do you believe as Peter taught that no one gets to ascend into Heaven until the resurrection (except Enoch, Elijah, and Moses), or do you negate the resurrection teaching of the “last day” (John 11:24) with putting people there now?

Friday, May 24, 2019

As proof that the early church did not believe in immediate Heaven or Hell after death, they used “the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day” (Acts 2:29). If they were to dig up his body, it would still be there. And there is no such thing as a person’s soul going on while leaving the body behind for the Bible defines a soul as equivalent to the person themselves: “And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). A person does not have a soul. If they are alive, they are a soul. After listening to Peter’s message, the Bible states, “they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41). Certainly 3,000 ghostly figures did not join the church but rather 3,000 living human beings did, showing that a person is a soul and not having a soul. So, when you pass a graveyard, do you see it as shells of bodies missing souls, or do you accept the words of God that people are “dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:19) without promise of immediate Heaven?

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The early church believed that Jesus was resurrected (Acts 2:24). Some Christians do not believe that Jesus rose from the tomb. If that is the case, then we have no hope in coming from the grave either. On the other hand, many Christians believe that when a person dies, they go to Heaven or Hell right away in some form, spirit or soul. If that were so, then the resurrection of Jesus is no big deal, but if people remain in a state of soul sleep instead, then it is a big event and then this verse make sense as well: “the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many” (Matthew 27:52-53). So, do you believe like Martha, “I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day” (John 11:24) and not before the “last day”, or have you been duped into some form of life immediately after death, even in reincarnation?

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The early church believed that Jesus performed “miracles and wonders and signs” (Acts 2:22), and not illusions, magic tricks, or even coincidental events. So, do you believe in the Bible miracles or do you cast off the stories as just that, stories, even exaggerations?

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The early church believed in salvation only through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (Acts 2:21), not like today’s Christians who accept the god of the Muslims, Hindus, and many other religions that are not Christian. So, which God do you believe in that saves – the true God or the pluralistic fake god?

Monday, May 20, 2019

The early church was aware of the signs that Jesus foretold of the coming of the “great and notable day of the Lord come” (Acts 2:19-20). Are you aware of the signs or do you just take for granted each day that passes?

Sunday, May 19, 2019

The early church believed in modern day prophets according to Acts 2:17. Do you?

Friday, May 17, 2019

The early church relied upon taking the words of prior prophets at face value as Peter quoted from “the prophet Joel” (Acts 2:16). Also, current events were being compared to see if the prophecies were coming true. Now, are you studying current events in light of Bible prophecy like the early church?

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The early church accepted the Words of men because they were no longer mere men but prophets of God for Peter said, “hearken to my words”, and the people did. So much so that “the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41), and yet, we have even Christians today that tear up the writings of Peter and the rest of the Bible, meaning, today’s Christians do not “hearken to” the words of Peter or any of God’s prophets. Do you “hearken”?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Yes, the early church experienced the ability “to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:4), however, we have to understand it in reference to other verses of the Bible or the Bible will appear to contradict itself. The other reference is that “ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Therefore, proper speaking in tongues is to go forth out of the church and witness to unbelievers. And seeing that the Bible was careful enough to list all of the understandable languages (Acts 2:9-11), true speaking in tongues is understandable by other human beings. So, are you able to discern that speaking in unknown tongues is selfish which “edifieth himself” instead of “edifieth the church” (1 Corinthians 14:4) and “shall speak into the air” (1 Corinthians 14:9) like blowing a lot of hot air, while speaking in true tongues causes the reaction of people to utter “how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?” (Acts 2:8)?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

According to Acts 1:16, the early church was interested in scripture being “fulfilled”, which means, they studied prophecy. We have prophecies in Daniel, Revelation, and elsewhere that all need to be fulfilled. Are you studying them to see if they are?

Monday, May 13, 2019

The early church was in “one accord” and not the 42,000 different beliefs we have today. Even Jesus prayed, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one” (John 17:21-22). Yet, everyone wants to think they can believe how they want and still consider themselves saved. There is “One Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5), therefore that means such thought is wrong and people are risking eternal life. Money is replaceable if a person makes a wrong financial choice. Education is replaceable if a person makes a wrong career choice. A vehicle is replaceable if one is in the wrong place and the wrong time. But eternal life is not. So, are you gambling with eternal life thinking that your thoughts are just fine, or do you make sure it is solidly in agreement with the proper understanding of God’s Word?

Sunday, May 12, 2019

The early church kept the Sabbath day, sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. Remember, the book of Acts was written by a Gentile named Luke, many years after most of these events were recorded. He certainly was not present during Pentecost, yet, he makes specific note to state, “Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey” (Acts 1:12). If he were not a Sabbath keeper, then he would have simply stated, “Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet”. So, are you a Sabbath keeper; or do you keep a day created hundreds of years later by Constantine and adopted by the compromising church to appease the pagans; or do you not keep any day, which is even worse?

Friday, May 10, 2019

When the early church received the power of the “Holy Ghost”, they were to “be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8), not gathering in churches to speak a bunch of words that outsiders declare are a bunch of babbling fools. So, if you declare to have the Holy Spirit upon you, what do you do in sharing the gospel with all those around you, or are you just thinking selfishly speaking in tongues is the gift?

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Before departing, Jesus told the early church, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power” (Acts 1:7), so God’s people today would not be setting dates, however, “When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer [is] nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, [even] at the doors” (Matthew 24:32-33). And from the signs, we can know today that Jesus is even at the doors of returning soon, as in, probably our lifetimes. As one preacher said, those born in the 1960s and later will probably see Jesus come. There are so many blatant, not just suggestive, but blatant signs that have ripened the fruit that it cannot be long. Unfortunately, too many to elaborate here, but the early church indeed was to look for signs. The fact that all world governments and all world religions have united on one topic only since 2015 is the biggest sign of all. The one world government and religion is here. Are you ready for it?

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Angels told the early church “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). This was a physical ascension where every eye saw Jesus ascend, and they were told that Jesus is coming back the exact same way. We are also told, “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen” (Revelation 1:7). They did not experience nor teach a secret rapture. So, do you believe in a secret rapture, which is not true, or do you believe like the early church?

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

The early church taught that “David is not ascended into the heavens” (Acts 2:34), yet so many believe that when a person dies that their spirit or soul floats off to Heaven or Hell. Does it really make sense that Cain would be in hell for these thousands of years burning when Hitler would be in hell a mere 70 years or so? Further, by believing people actually go to Heaven and Hell right away negates all the references to the day of resurrection throughout the Bible. The truth of the matter is that people sleep in the grave (John 11:11-14). Anything else is called spiritualism and is forbidden belief and is even predicted to be believed in the last days: “the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” (1 Timothy 4:1). So, are you given into spiritualism believing someone is in Heaven already, outside of Moses, Elijah, and Enoch, or do you believe we all enter Heaven on the great resurrection day?

Monday, May 06, 2019

The early church “had all things common”, which does not mean communal or even a socialistic environment. They looked after one another and worked together in sharing the gospel. Today, many Christians do not know that other fellow Christians may honestly be struggling and need help, nor do they really want to recognize that. Whatever others are doing to share the gospel is often not shared in a larger effort to have more impact in the world. Too many distractions, like TV, pull the workers away from each other. Most Christians also are all about a once a week gathering for church and the rest of the week, they keep to themselves. So, do you get involved in the lives and mission of others at church, or do you believe everything you have is completely yours, especially your time?

Sunday, May 05, 2019

The early church practiced eating meat without the blood (Acts 15:20, 15:29, 21:25). If you eat meat, do you do so without the blood?

Friday, May 03, 2019

This is the description of the people in the first century church: “But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean” (Acts 10:14). Yet, today Christians eat all kinds of unclean things along with churches promoting them, especially pig roasts. The status of “unclean” was not a ceremonial thing regarding animals and having people think Jesus lifted the restriction in His earthly life. Even in the days of Noah (Genesis 7:2), he knew what animals were healthy and which ones were God’s garbage disposals, which retain toxins. Though a goat, a cow, and a pig may eat the same things at times, the pig digests it all while the goat and the cow will poop it out. Whole candy bar wrappers have known to be intact after passing through a cow while not so with a pig. So, are you able to say, “I am not eating anything that is unclean”, or are you just carelessly feeding your body unhealthy contents?

Thursday, May 02, 2019

This is the description of the early church: “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42). Today, we seem to have 42,000 different doctrinal churches. Do you not think at least one of these denominations are wrong? And seeing that “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9), it appears that doctrines do matter. So, are you making sure you have Christ’s doctrines, or are you just going to take the risk to see if you are part of the one true doctrinal church or not?

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

From the scripture yesterday, there is a big difference between Christians of the early church and today. “They that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word” (Acts 8:4). They believed in God’s Word, the Bible. Instead, today we have Christians attacking the Bible. We expect that from non-believers but from Christians? No one is born good. Everyone is born selfish, so we need to learn good from somewhere. Nations have proved that society does not know good automatically either. In fact, doing good is not in anyone and even at an old age, selfishness naturally reigns. Saying that once a person is born again that somehow, they know what is good is nonsense especially since so many Christians contradict on what is and is not acceptable. We have Christians today that support abortion!!! Therefore, there is only one source that all can agree upon for the definition of what is and is not acceptable. “All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). So, do you attack the Bible or submit to its teachings?

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

There is a big difference between Christians of the early church and today. “They that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word” (Acts 8:4). Every member was able to preach the Word of God. Today, Christians let everyone believe whatever they want to believe. There was no thinking that they believed in the “same God”. There was no thinking “what someone wants to believe is fine”. If they were not a Christian, they were taught the Word of God! So, are you able to preach the Word of God, or do you just attend church for social reasons and not for learning?

Monday, April 29, 2019

Forced vaccines, forced acceptance, forced anything is of the devil. Good should be able to speak for itself. So, what do you force upon others?

Sunday, April 28, 2019

They say, “We are what we eat”, and that is pretty much true in the general sense. If we eat healthy foods, we will be healthy. If we eat junk food, we will feel like junk. The same is true with our minds. If we fill them with holy thoughts, we shall become holy. If we feed them worldly thoughts, we will become worldly. So, are you worldly or godly?

Friday, April 26, 2019

The words, “Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalms 51:2) is not simply asking for forgiveness. The word “thoroughly” goes beyond mere forgiveness. We need to have every desire of repeating the sin removed from us. So, how do you ask for forgiveness? Do you ask to just remove from the record of the sin committed or have complete removal of wanting to do it again?

Thursday, April 25, 2019

How many honestly believe that a diet that allows a person to eat anything they want, not require exercise, and eat any quantity of food they want will yield positive results in losing weight? We would say that such is a gimmick. Guess what? The greatest gimmick of all is being pulled right now upon Christians. Christians seem to think they are allowed to break the commandments, live however they want, do whatever they want, and yet expect to go to Heaven in the end. So, are you listening to Satan’s gimmick, or are you living in obedience to God’s commandments, living according to the biblical expectation of a Christian, and restricting one’s life to only that which is acceptable unto God (Ephesians 5:10)?

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Jesus said, “as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:37). The Bible says of Noah’s time, “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). Now think, what tools do you think Satan would use intensely to have people thinking evil continuously, even coveting that of laziness? It is something that the 1800’s and prior did not have to worry about or worry much about? I suggest that it is TV and the movies, even in the mildest sense. I suggest that it is music, even in the mildest sense. I suggest that it is the numerous publications, public broadcasting, and even public education. All of these, in one form or another, instigate rebellion even if it is for righteous acts. It certainly does not promote turning the other cheek. So, are you influenced by these things in one form or another, or do you resist the use of these objects?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Let me get this straight. Satan and his angels got kicked out of Heaven over disobedience. Adam and Eve got kicked out of the garden plunging this world into a lost condition over disobedience. Cain is rejected over disobedience. Many people died in their sins over disobedience. Jesus came, lived a sinless life, and died for us over disobedience. Jesus taught, “if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matthew 19:17). Paul taught, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). And there are countless New Testament verses in the Bible that describe how a Christian is to live and how a lost person lives. But today, we have numerous, like almost all of the preachers teaching that it does not matter if you obey or not and that people are saved in their disobedience. Sounds like the words of Jesus coming true. “Many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:11), and “Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). So, have you been deceived into believing you can be careless about sinning, or are you part of the few living in obedience?

Monday, April 22, 2019

The Bible says, “be not partakers of her sins” (Revelation 18:4), “be ye separate” (2 Corinthians 6:17), “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14), and much more, and yet, many Christians link up with unbelievers, go into business with unbelievers, pal around with unbelievers, party with unbelievers, and pretty much enjoy life with unbelievers. Guess what! Such will get to burn with unbelievers despite declaring to be saved. “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10). “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6). Basically, salvation is conditional. So, who do you associate closely with?

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Today, many Christians recognize the resurrection of Jesus using the name Easter. Later, they will participate in egg hunts, provide chocolate bunnies, maybe marshmallow chicks, and other candy assortments. What do those things have to do with the resurrection of Jesus? Nothing. It is all handed down from the original name, the goddess of fertility known as Ishtar. The Bible provides only one means of acknowledging the death, burial, and resurrection. It is called baptism. “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). Jesus also instituted the foot washing (John 13:14) and communion services as well (Luke 22:19-20). If we were obliged to keep Easter as a holy day, it would have been instituted before the close of the Bible, and most definitely mentioned afterwards by Jesus when He remained 40 days on earth after the resurrection. So, what are you really celebrating if you are keeping this day in any religious manner?

Friday, April 19, 2019

Do not wish your life away. God has given you this day. Enjoy it. Use it responsibly. Too many people seem to not be able to wait for Spring or Summer or graduation or …. So, what are you waiting for?

Thursday, April 18, 2019

After a night sleep, the first thoughts of the day are usually the most important thoughts. So, how many times do you think about God firs thing in the morning?

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The world is crazed with superhero movies and TV shows, yet the greatest enemy to fight is against Satan and his instruments of temptation and sin. In reality, those who “be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” go unnoticed, and if noticed, they are criticized. They are definitely not recognized as heroes but as a “troubler of Israel” (1 Kings 18:17). Those are the people that Heaven recognizes as heroes, endowed with God’s “divine power” (2 Peter 1:3), “we are more than conquerors”. So, do you root for pagan heroes by attending their movies and watching them on TV, or are you a real hero fighting with “mercy and truth” (Proverbs 16:6)?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Life is fragile so that people would not risk sinning since they do not know when they shall die, but even that does not deter everyone for many die in their sinful acts every day. The second coming is not given as a specific appointment on a calendar because people would choose to sin more seeing the time is yet distant, in fact, there are people in both situations that sin thinking that that they can pull “a thief on the cross” conversion, also known as a death bed conversion. That is the ultimate gamble that is not worth the risk. Is that your attitude too, or have you chosen to live every day for Jesus and not for self (1 Corinthians 15:31)?

Monday, April 15, 2019

The fear in the religious world is not like that of the Pharisees. They were trying to merit their way to Heaven going beyond the expected obedience of what a saved person was to be like. Today, it is the opposite. Christians promote grace so much so that in some corners, there is belief that even Satan will be saved in the end. We are so far under the expected obedience of what a saved person is to be like. Where are you in the spectrum of things? Do you “continue in sin, that grace may abound?” (Romans 6:1). Or do you “establish the law” (Romans 3:31)?

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Outside of kids pretending to be a doctor, an astronaut, etc., pretending to be something you are not is a lie. Pretending to be mean is a lie. Pretending to be selfish is a lie. Pretending to give an answer of “No” when the expectation is “Yes” is a lie. So, how many times a day do you lie?

Friday, April 12, 2019

What is most important to you is what you find time for. So, how much time do you spend in prayer and in Bible study?

Thursday, April 11, 2019

People slap things together and call it jerry-rigged, and some times it works. Unfortunately, being ready to meet the Lord is not something to jerry-rig. “But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Joshua 22:5). “Be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2 Peter 3:14). So, how diligent are you regarding your spiritual life?

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Just because someone prays to know the truth does not mean they will instantly know the truth. “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). What that means is that when we pray to be guided by the Holy Spirit into truth, we need to stop holding onto unverified beliefs. Too often we come to the Bible with preconceived ideas and the Holy Spirit cannot work with that. So, are you open to the Holy Spirit’s guidance?

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Many talk about finding an escape. People turn to drugs and alcohol for an escape out of reality. Others find their escape in video games while still others find their escape in movies and TV. So, for a few hours people do not have to deal with reality thinking that they will be able to better handle whatever they are challenged with when the escape is over only to face depression afterwards, even if they do not know it because their reality is so different from what they were just experiencing. It creates bad attitudes towards life and increases sarcasm. The devil does not care how tame the video game, movie, or TV program is, as long as he can cause this constant drop into depression, he is chiseling away the Christian experience. Christians, on the other hand, simply deal with reality and do not seek the escape. Now, how much time do you try to escape?

Monday, April 08, 2019

People may root for a movie actor to get up once they have been knocked down and are thrilled when the actor is on their feet with a second to spare, but there is a real life getting up that is more serious and more concerning that even Heaven is involved in. “For a just [man] falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief” (Proverbs 24:16). So, are you a hero in your own story?

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Discipline is the constant right choice in a matter. Discipline is formed through exercise of making that right choice and not just simply having an inherited attribute. So, how much discipline exercise per day are you having?

Friday, April 05, 2019

Love is caring more for the soul being in Heaven than the feelings on earth. Which do you care about more?

Thursday, April 04, 2019

For some reason, many Christians believe that to show love to someone, correction of belief ought not be performed. Though many do not see it this way, they believe it is better to leave someone in ignorance, let them get hurt, and sympathize with them afterwards. That is not love. Those may be kind deeds, but God says, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent” (Revelation 3:19). So, do you correct people’s false beliefs or are you going to just let them go to hell? Keep in mind, “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand” (Ezekiel 3:18).

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

“And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him” (Luke 17:4). That does not mean we are to sin against God all the day long expecting forgiveness. First, it does not say that it is the same transgression, nor does it reveal the intention of the transgressor to honestly repent each time. We are to have “an honest and good heart” (Luke 8:15) not committing a transgression expecting forgiveness for that would be the sin of presumption combined with whatever transgression we commit, but rather certain sins are more challenging than others to lay off and God understands that. So, do you honestly struggle with sin, or do you have an attitude of “It doesn’t matter; God will forgive me”?

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Matthew 19:16-19 states, “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and [thy] mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Eternal life is eternal life. There is not eternal life for this man, or for the Jews, or for Christians. Here, we see that the Ten Commandments are part of having eternal life. Yes, the first four were not mentioned, but do you really think God would tolerate other gods? Even His worship day is His and keeping another day is someone else’s day despite claiming to worship Jesus on it. So, do you keep the commandments or do you simply do “good” of that which you think is good?

Monday, April 01, 2019

Proverbs 19:3 states, “The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.” I propose that those that join in the foolishness of the day are not truly following God in all His ways, and even wrestle against God regarding His expectations. So, are you a fool today or a Christian?

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Jesus said, “And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:39). Many, many Christians think that the Ten Commandments have been replaced with just two commandments, this being the second one. Some say that this so-called second commandment is just a summary of the last six commandments with Jesus’ first commandment being a summary of the first four commandments establishing that the Ten Commandments are still binding. Who is right? Well, according to Matthew 19:18-19, we hear that Jesus said, “Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and [thy] mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” We see that Jesus’ intention was to summarize and not replace the Ten Commandments. Paul further writes in Romans 13:9, “Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Therefore, again it is a summary and not a replacement. Now, do you know how to love your neighbor, which is to keep the last six commandments, or do you just go on feelings to define that love mixing it up with what is actually kind acts?

Friday, March 29, 2019

Ours is not to question why. Like soldiers on a field of battle, we are to follow orders exactly as given. Sure, our curiosity may want to know why, but to wait until we know why is wrong. For instance, in the Old Testament, we are told, “flesh with the life thereof, [which is] the blood thereof, shall ye not eat” (Genesis 9:4). Please notice that this restriction on meat eating with blood in it still was given to Noah, the new father of everyone, Jew and non-Jew. Therefore, it is not a Jewish thing to eat only kosher meats. This is further reiterated in the Book of Acts (Acts 15:20, 29; 21:25). Yet Christians wonder why such a restriction exists and if they cannot come up with a good reason, they do not obey the command of God. They claim that meats are prepared much healthier as in times past. Nonsense! If anything, it is worse because of greed. The FDA does not test every animal. And by the time something serious shows up in the tests, the meat has already gone to market. No wonder we have recalls on meats, but usually it is after a number of people get sick or even die. Basically, whatever disease the animal had, it is carried in the blood and past onto the eater. So, are you a good soldier following orders, or do you not act upon orders until you know why, and only then if you agree to the reason do you act?

Thursday, March 28, 2019

When the early Christians went forth teaching the gospel, they all taught the same thing. When there was a controversy on doctrine, they had a counsel to work it out and went back to teaching the same thing (Acts 15). This is true unity. The false unity is the practice of keeping one’s own doctrine but when together, only speak on those doctrines held in common and remaining silent upon those things that differ. Today, there is only one main doctrine that is agreed upon – We are saved by Jesus Christ. But each denomination can have their own baptism, own belief on the state of the dead, own worship style, and so on. If any taught something different, we are told “mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Romans 16:17). So, do you have the right doctrine? The odds are against you for there are 42,000 different denominations all with a slight difference in doctrine, but we are told, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9). Again, do you have the right doctrines? Your salvation depends upon it.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Paul wrote, “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not” (1 Corinthians 10:23), but when it comes to edifying, “let him deny himself” (Matthew 16:24), and “seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church” (1 Corinthians 14:12). In other words, just because a person can do something does not mean they should. They must not check to see if it gratifies self but rather if it promotes the church, God’s way. So, do you “please all [men] in all [things], not seeking mine own profit, but the [profit] of many, that they may be saved” (1 Corinthians 10:33), or do you just selfishly go through each day not caring what message you represent to others?

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Negative words ought to be carefully chosen. If negativity needs to be spoken, it ought to be constructive. Saying to someone, “You’re a loser” is not very constructive. Telling someone, “if you were to put more effort into it, stop looking for the opportunity to take a break, stop looking for ways to shortcut it, and just do it, you would experience a better life.” So, do you react to people just from feelings or through helpfulness?

Monday, March 25, 2019

The way the world makes a decision is to make a list of pros and cons. For example, should I take this job? On the pros, it pays well, close to home, friendly environment, good benefits, and is in my field of expertise. On the cons, it does require a little dishonesty, and the hours are not exactly what I would like but they are workable. Therefore, the pros win and I should take the job. God’s way is that it violets a commandment and seeing that it cannot be separated out, the job ought to be rejected. So, how do you approach decisions? God’s way or the worlds?

Sunday, March 24, 2019

So, there was once a child who was brought up in the drug environment. The child was around foul language all their life. The child was beaten for no reason. The child was raped numerous times. God was never exposed to the child except in a cursing way. While on the playground, the child was picked on once again being a rough neighborhood. This time, the child was going to stand up for themselves and really lay into the other children to the point that serious harm came to those children, hospitalizing them. Finally, the child, now a teenager, took their own life. At the funeral, all kinds of justification for everything was being tossed around to the point that most concurred that the child would still be in Heaven explaining how the lifestyle is what formed the child, which is true, and that God would understand. What people do not understand is that there is a difference between a reason and an excuse the terrible behavior. God excuses people for not knowing about certain rules, but He does not excuse, even for the greatest reasons, known sins. The child knew beating other children to a pulp was wrong. The child knew taking one’s life was wrong. Therefore, there was no excuse, even though there are reasons. So, you may have reasons for doing what you do, like easily losing the temper, being impatient, using certain foul words, being a bad parent, even continuing to chose Sunday as the Sabbath despite knowing the true Sabbath, but do you really have an excuse in God’s eyes?

Friday, March 22, 2019

Yesterday day, we read, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; [it] shall not cleave to me” (Psalms 101:3). Do you read it as something like a diary and no big deal, or God’s intention for us and apply it to your life? It ought to be the latter answer.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The reason the Bible says, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; [it] shall not cleave to me” (Psalms 101:3) is that what we watch subconsciously settles into the mind. Wrong images and wrong words feed the mind wrong, preparing it to react in a wrong way in a future moment. We may think ourselves able to see through such stuff knowing right from wrong while we are watching and listening to it, but the principle of “by beholding we are changed” (2 Corinthians 3:18) still applies or God is a liar. Sure, we may not react exactly as portrayed but it surely will not be God’s perfect way. Now, how much time do you spend viewing, listening, and reading from God’s perspective His way of handling life?

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

If a person pretends to be one thing quite often, they are actually that person. If a person pretends everyday to be difficult, in reality, they are difficult. They may be trying to just act, but by doing such, they are actually becoming what they are acting. At first, it may be for a laugh; it may have been because they saw it in the movies or on TV. Even though in their mind they are only acting, the fact that it is so frequently part of them, that is who they are. Besides, acting like something a person is not is a lie, which is breaking a commandment of God. If there is acting like someone, it ought to be like Jesus, and just maybe, we may become like Him, which is to be the ultimate goal. “We know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him” (1 John 3:2). So, do you act differently than you ought?

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

We are told, “whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). How does one clean a toilet to the glory of God? Easy. God expects perfection (Hebrews 13:21), which is, to do it to the best of our ability. So, even in dirty jobs, do you do everything to the best of your ability?

Monday, March 18, 2019

By pretending to be one thing they supposedly are not, they are actually preparing for a future fall. Being sarcastic just to get a laugh but claim to not be a sarcastic person is preparing themselves to be sarcastic during a crisis. A person who pretends to get upset and huff just to get a laugh is preparing to throw a tantrum when things fall apart. What we practice prepares us to react in that manner when pushed into a reactionary moment. So, what manner are you preparing yourself to react?

Sunday, March 17, 2019

If one party tries to act like another party just to retain office so that they can have the “power”, just who really has the power then? Therefore, if a person acts the way others would want them to act and they do not act in a manner they themselves want to act, again, who has the power? So, are you one that acts differently than who you really are?

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Bible says, "Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity" (2 Timothy 2:19). That means, everyone that claims to be Christian would stop sinning, just as John tell us, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not” (1 John 2:1). “He that committeth sin is of the devil” (1 John 3:8). Then, how can all those “I’m saved” people who continue in sin still think they are saved? That is because “The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). So, are you thinking you are saved while enjoying sin, or “if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1) that “we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9) and “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17)?

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Many play the “what if” game. What if I chose to be someone else? What if back on a certain date I had made a different choice. What if… That is exactly what the devil wants people to do – waste mental energy undermining the here and now. God wants people to look forward and not backward. The past cannot be changed. The future has endless opportunities. Most of all, there is to be only two main goals in life and therefore, eventually, all roads lead to them. The first goal is to be right with God. The second goal is to help others be right with God. The fact that a person collects trash, is a stay at home parent, is an executive, is a celebrity, is insignificant because all that is to be used to prosper the gospel. So, are you regretting your life’s choices, or are you happily serving God wherever you are in life?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Everyone makes wrong choices at some point in their life. Some wrong choices are even sinful. The devil loves to debilitate us from moving forward. One tool in his collection is that of weighing people down with guilt despite the person already confessing to God. No wonder God says, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” (James 1:6). Therefore, if a person truly confessed their sin, believe then that forgiveness has come. And then, when the guilt returns, simply believe that it was a learning experience and move on as being “faultless before the presence of his glory” (Jude 1:24). So, will you allow the devil to continue to weigh you down with guilt, or will you simply move forward striving to not repeat the sin?

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Looking up every form of the word “obey” and “obedience” yields 141 verses. That is a lot. Each one claims the basic expectation to obey God and live. One of the strongest is found in the New Testament verse of Romans 6:16, which asks, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” There are only two choices. We either obey God or we do not. There is not a third choice that interjects, “unless we are saved”. In other words, being “saved” does not free us from obeying God! In fact, “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31). So, as a Christian, do obey God or not? Keep in mind, there are hundreds of other verses that have the same theme using synonyms, such as Joshua 24:15 with the word “serve”: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” So, who will you serve?

Monday, March 11, 2019

Jesus said this of the leadership in His day: “[Ye] hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with [their] lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:7-9). But today if one were to say such, the result would be, “brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers” (1 Corinthians 6:6). But, will you back down from protecting the innocent just because we live in a lawsuit timeframe?

Sunday, March 10, 2019

To each activity, there is more than one perspective. Instead of jumping to conclusions or just seeing it from your perspective, have you considered asking questions? It comes down to the perspective of why a person does something and not from the observer. Many brutality videos by police officers pick up at the time of the beating and miss what lead up to it, like the assailant killing an officer to begin the chase, for instance. Because someone does something by routine against what the Bible teaches, do they do it in ignorance, like honoring Sunday when the Sabbath is what is taught? So, again, do you ask questions or make your own conclusions?

Friday, March 08, 2019

Why is it that procrastinators call responsible people workaholics? Of course, guilt is the reason. The Bible is clearly against procrastination. It says, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise” (Proverbs 6:6), and “By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through” (Ecclesiastes 10:18). In fact, it was the seeking of idle time that brought on the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Ezekiel 16:49). Now, not all of the putting off of something to later is true procrastination, but if putting something off is for the exchange of wasting time, that is when such is condemned. Some people look for a better time to deal with a certain task and therefore, will do something else productive until that time arrives. That is fine, but putting it off hoping someone else will deal with it or that it will go away is wrong. So, how much do you seek to put things off so you can enjoy the here and now?

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Those that say, “Live a little” might as well say, “Sin a little.” The life of a true Christian is boring in comparison, though to a true Christian, it is not. And those that feel the boredom of being a true Christian are actually not true Christians. A true Christian does not drink alcohol, waste money by eating out frequently, waste money going to worldly places, waste time watching TV or going to the movies, does not listen to worldly music, does not care about celebrities and sports, does not sit around and “chew the fat”, does not express themselves in any form of attention be it with jewelry or piercings, have clothing that is modest and not rebellious, are also health conscious, etc. So, are you “living a little” or are you a true Christian who finds joy in pleasing and living according to God’s ways?

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Part 2 on prayer is where the Bible says, “Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16). Yes, we are to pray for one another as well, but notice the context. Is it to score a goal? Do good on a test? Get a job? No. If a person wrongs you, pray that they may be healed of wronging people. Instead of giving someone a hand gesture, pray for them. When someone is rude, pray for them. When someone confesses that they have been wronging another without them knowing, much prayer ought to be had. When a person has suffered a loss or is sick, pray for them to endure and not curse God. So, do you misuse praying for one another or do you pray correctly?

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Prayer is not magic. We do not pray to God for patience and get it. It is developed. We do not pray to God to get us out of a situation but through it. The focus is not on the garbage that is happening but our character in handling the garbage. Jesus said, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak” (Matthew 26:41). That is because the reaction of the flesh when someone wrongs us or things are out of control around us is to be quitting, lashing out, or other fleshly, blood flowing response. “We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). That is because character is developed during much tribulation, and in these last days, we have much character development to undertake in a short time, therefore, expect day after day to be an uphill battle. Jesus also said, “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep [it], and bring forth fruit with patience” (Luke 8:15). Therefore, do not be questioning God, “Why is it that day in and day out I have this garbage to deal with?” Patience is the most difficult thing to develop of all of the character traits. If life is going smoothly, that means God is giving up on us. Look for the good and receive it with a blessing. Do not look to the evil of it because that leads to depression, even the dark side. Both exists pretty much in all things. The devil enhances the bad so that a person will latch on and fail. God encourages the good hoping that we will focus on it and overcome. So, “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne”. And He, for three and a half years was hounded and harassed to ultimately ending in a brutal day and death. What little things are ticking you off in comparison?

Monday, March 04, 2019

In 1979, Pink Floyd released a song called “Another Brick in the Wall”, which contains the words, “We don’t need education”. In 1983, Cyndi Lauper released a song called “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” containing the words “I come home in the morning light”, which means that she was out all night. In 1984, Twisted Sister released a song called “We’re not Gonna Take It”. And there are many more songs with the same Satanic theme – rebellion. I say it is satanic because rebellion is what started the war in Heaven. Rebellion is what got Adam and Eve to sin. Rebellion is what crucified Jesus. And rebellion has been increasing and becoming more acceptable in society ever since to the point that people say, “It’s just a song.” No, it is not. Music enters the brain much easier than mere talking. Put sin to music and people are praising Satan and even conforming to it. Songs are a way to control people. Besides, the greatest song leader is none other than Satan. He can sing all four parts to any song having more than one pipe (Ezekiel 28:13). Of course, he would use songs to make sin appear more acceptable because he is the best at it. So, are you praising sin and Satan through sinful songs, or God and obedience through hymns?

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Whatever label humans put on sin, God says, “I [am] the LORD, I change not” (Malachi 3:6), therefore, it still is sin. Therefore, bad habits are sin. Alternative lifestyles are still sin. Letting a little rebellion out is still sin. Indulging into just a little sinful indulgence is still sin. Looking but not touching is still sin. White lies are still sin. Little lies are still sin. So, what label have you justified sin in your life with?

Friday, March 01, 2019

Forgiveness and foolishness do not go together, yet, that is exactly the expectation. A person can truly repent but that does not mean a person is to be placed into the same environment to be tempted again. A convicted pedophile ought not be driving school children around. A convicted bank robber ought not to become a bank teller. A gambling addicted person ought not go near a horserace track. Moving ministers around to different congregations that have sinful issues is not wise. Listening to testimony from a convicted liar is not wise. So, do you forgive and are wise, or do you forgive and become foolish?

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Today marks the end of the first two months of 2019 already. How are you doing on that New Year’s resolution. Remember, it is not the fact you may have failed but “a just [man] falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief” (Proverbs 24:16). So, are you still getting up, or have you given into “mischief”, defeat, and are waiting until 2020 to try again?

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

When the Bible says, “A man [that hath] friends must shew himself friendly” (Proverbs 18:24), accumulating numerous friends on FaceBook, numerous followers on Twitter, and connecting with others on other social media platforms is not what God had in mind. No wonder “the love of many shall wax cold” (Matthew 24:12). So, how many people do you actually interact with on the physical level?

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Satan has many distractions to diffuse the army of Christ. If he does not get people on sports, politics seems to divide and polarize people. Political issues never get resolved. Those that praise Roe v. Wade are in fear that it will be overturned. Those that want Planned Parenthood defunded are thrown many possibilities, getting so close, and yet, it never happens. They are always holding out for the next opportunity. Name an issue and the pendulum of that issue seems to swing back and forth never quite reaching the results as one side or the other desires. And as we see, change congress, change the president and it swings back the other way erasing the accomplishments along the way from the prior administration. It is planned that way to simply occupy people’s time when they should do as Jesus did – ignore the issues and let that which Caesar is doing to Caesar but what belongs to God ought to be done. We have a mission to spread the gospel. So, how distracted are you from that mission?

Monday, February 25, 2019

After yesterday’s post regarding the NFL, some wonder what about baseball? Other than declaring they are the best, they are number one, that they brag, what else is wrong with this primarily, non-contact sport? Deception is the first answer. When the opposing team has players on base, there is the fake throw to the catcher to try and catch the runner off base. There are the deceptive signals given to players as well. The second answer is stealing. The third answer is the fact that there is contact and highly encouraged hard contact to try and knock the ball to the ground. And the fourth answer is that it still supports illicit activity and no Christian should knowingly place temptation before anyone else. That means, by buying the paraphernalia, buying tickets, it allows the team to pay the outrageous salary that tempts the player or staff to join into an adulterous lifestyle, drug addiction, or other reckless behavior. No other way of life, outside of celebrities, enjoy so much in illicit activity. Accountants do not, disposal engineers do not, doctors do not, teachers do not, etc. Now when I say do not, we are speaking in the majority. Celebrities who do not partake in illicit activity are an exception, while a teacher having illicit activity is the exception. And rooting on the team or player is the same as partaking in their sins. “Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15). So, do you support illicit activity of celebrities in any form?

Sunday, February 24, 2019

According to the news, the Patriots owner is being investigated regarding a prostitution sting. That means both on the field and off the field, a Christian ought not support these games financially or with their time because to do so is to support lifestyles that are sinful as well as the activity on the field is sinful. A fake pass is lying. Tackling is hurtful, covered under that one about “Thou shalt not murder”. Striving to beat everyone else out for the prize is coveting. Having favorite players, wearing the team jersey, or even wearing a player’s jersey is idolizing. Listening to the use of the Lord’s name is taking His name in vain. Players sleeping around, unlike an employee here or there, but almost all the players and even owners is supporting adultery. Cheating with a deflated ball or other methods is stealing. And when the Bible teaches that we ought “in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3), each player bragging that they are number one goes completely against that principle. There is absolutely nothing Biblical to sports, even when a player prays in the corner, makes some religious sign, etc. That is just blasphemy against God for God is not into sports. So, are you caught into sports?

Friday, February 22, 2019

The Bible says, “Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her. And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through [the fire] to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I [am] the LORD” (Leviticus 18:20-21), and we think it to be horrible to allow a young child risk their lives as parents watch on to perform this task of running through the fire. This reference to allow children to pass through the fire of Molech follows a forbiddance to committing adultery. Well, it is even worse today. Mostly from forbidden sexual activity, unwanted children are torn up and gotten rid of through a process called abortion. Our society has not become more enlightened; we just have found modern ways to do worse things than they did in ages past. So, do you support abortion or do you find it horrible as well?

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Thou shalt not covet covers more than just wanting something someone else has or wanting someone else’s spouse. It also covers simply not being content with the life one has. Sure, striving towards a better life is fine, but wishing for some other life that will never happen is coveting. “I wish I was a movie actor”; “I wish I was a royal member”, “I wish I had a million dollars” “I wish I…”. So, how much coveting do you do each day?

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

How much time do you spend on social media? Watching TV? Reading worldly content like novels? Going to movies? If that proportion leans to much more than what spiritual feeding you could be experiencing instead, no wonder people cannot believe they can be sinless. What the mind is exposed to is what it tends to imitate. So, how balanced is your life?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

People remember all kinds of dates from history quite often. If you are old enough, do you remember where you were when you heard that JFK was shot? How about Ronald Reagan? How about the space shuttle explosion? How about the Berlin wall coming down? Nine-eleven? How about “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God” (Exodus 20:8-10)?

Monday, February 18, 2019

“Warning! This product may be harmful to your health!” When people see that, right minded people will avoid that product or at least take precautions. “Warning! Bridge freezes before road surface!” When people see that, right minded people will avoid that product or at least take precautions. Jesus basically said, “Warning. Take heed that no man deceive you!” And people do not avoid such preachers and they take no precautions. They argue that doctrines do not matter. They argue that obedience is not a requirement for Jesus paid it all. They argue that all we have to do is believe. They just argue and do not submit to God. Do you argue like that or are you at least taking precautions using God’s Word to test with?

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Bible says, “And [when] the people complained, it displeased the LORD” (Numbers 11:1). So, do you complain and displease God? Just about everyone has been tricked into complaining without realizing it. If any take part in the Monday blues, they are a complainer displeasing God. Every person that has to stop enjoying the weekend and has to now return to employment activity ought to simply start Monday off with, “Thank you God that I am employed earning what is necessary to pay my bills and put food on the table.” Anything short of that, including posts on Facebook of how terrible Mondays are, is part of the complainer’s group. So again, are you a complainer displeasing God, which equates to being displeased in the end for God will not allow entrance into Heaven to such people, also known as murmurers (1 Corinthians 10:6-11)?

Friday, February 15, 2019

Did you know that the command given to Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful, and multiply” (Genesis 1:28) applies to us as well? And I am not talking about having kids. Jesus said, “by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20), referring to having “the fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22) and with that, we ought to go and multiply. “He that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more” (Matthew 25:20). Now the talents are symbolic for we are to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). So, are you developing the fruit you ought and multiplying more disciples for Christ?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The antichrist is described as “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4) and that “all the world wondered after the beast” (Revelation 13:3), which overall, is a pagan form of religion, as the beast is made up of “a leopard, and his feet were as [the feet] of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion” (Revelation 13:2) referring to the teachings of Greece, Medo-Persia, and Babylon. Now, how are atheists, unbelievers, even other religions, let alone all the different Christian denominations going to bow down to this antichrist by accepting pagan worship? Just as simple as it is to get all of these people to honor, exchange gifts and cards, etc., on a supposed saint’s day called Valentines. All refers to the majority of which atheists even honor Valentine’s day. And if even atheists can join in on this day, they can be gullible for bigger things. So, how gullible are you regarding today, or for that matter, any other day respected that is not biblical?

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The numbers 200,000,001 through the rest of the numbers seem to not appear in the Bible but the unknown highest Bible number does and is in Revelation 5:11-12, which says, “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands: Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.” Can you imagine that gathering? If faithful, we could be part of it. “And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, [and] over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous [are] thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true [are] thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for [thou] only [art] holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest” (Revelation 15:2-4). So, will you be and remain faithful?

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The numbers 100,000,001 through 199,999,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 200,000,000 does and is in Revelation 9:16, which says, “And the number of the army of the horsemen [were] two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.” That is going to be a spectacular display at the second coming, but keep in mind their mission. “The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one]; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 13:38-43). So, which are you? A tare, which is one that looks like a Christian but lives like the world, or a wheat, one that lives the Christian lifestyle?

Monday, February 11, 2019

The numbers 1,300,001 through 99,999,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 100,000,000 does and is Daniel 7:10, which says, “A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.” This scene takes place after a series of beast arise representing Babylon (Daniel 7:4 lion), Medo-Persia (verse 5 bear), Greece (verse 6 leopard), Rome (verse 7 ugly beast), which places the judgment well after 476 AD. The horns of verse 8 is Europe but specifically we have a little horn power that arises, being the antichrist, that is to rule for a period of 1,260 years (verse 25 use of prophetic days covering a year, two years, and a divided or half a year using God’s day for a year principle in Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6). That now brings us to 1798 where the judgment is just in a “set” position, meaning, God was not judging yet. But John sees Jesus returning in Revelation 14:14-16 with a specific message just prior to the second coming happening in Revelation 14:6-7, stating, “the hour of his judgment is come”. So, between 1798 and the second coming, judgment moves from the “set” position into the active state for when “the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works” (Matthew 16:27), meaning, the judgment is already over. Daniel 8:14 pinpoints the year to be 1844 when the judgment of the dead began and the since then, “as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27), He continues judging the dead but at some point, it will be declared of the living, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11). So, are you in a condition to be judged for Heaven today if God were to switch to judging the living?

Sunday, February 10, 2019

The numbers 1,100,001 through 1,099,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1,300,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 14:9, which says, “And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah.” Zerah or Zarah means "rising". Ethiopia means “black”. Mareshah means "crest of a hill". And today, John wrote for our time, “So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns” (Revelation 17:3), and “The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth” (Revelation 17:9). Instead of rising over the crest of the hill, this false church system rules from seven mountains. It has reached the peak, set up a headquarters, and is leading many into darkness. But there are some that it is said, “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:5). So, which are you? In darkness or light? In self-guidance, man-made traditions, or the Word of God?

Friday, February 08, 2019

The numbers 1,000,001 through 1,099,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1,100,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 21:5, which says, “And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And all [they of] Israel were a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah [was] four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword.” This is an interesting way of saying “adult men” but that begs the question, are we spiritual adult men or are we mere babies. The Bible says, “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? [them that are] weaned from the milk, [and] drawn from the breasts” (Isaiah 28:9). If we have been a Christian for a long time and are still just able to only refer to the Bible stories, we are still breast feeding. But if we are taking “precept [must be] upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little” (Isaiah 28:10), really studying the Bible, then we are spiritual men and women. So, how do you use the Bible?

Thursday, February 07, 2019

The numbers 800,001 through 999,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1,000,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 22:14, which says, “Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto.” A thousand thousand talents of silver turns out to be a million. That seems to be a lot, but in the scheme of things, it actually all belongs to God. So, though you may return a tithe (10%) of your income to God and maybe even offerings, how wisely do you spend the rest of God’s money?

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

The numbers 675,001 through 799,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 800,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 13:3, which says, “And Abijah set the battle in array with an army of valiant men of war, [even] four hundred thousand chosen men: Jeroboam also set the battle in array against him with eight hundred thousand chosen men, [being] mighty men of valour.” And spiritually, today we can be “chosen” too for God declares, “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9). Every time people sin, they show darkness. When people cease from sinning, they show God’s marvelous light. So, are you chosen or not?

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

The numbers 603,551 through 674,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 675,000 does and is found in Numbers 31:32, which says, “And the booty, [being] the rest of the prey which the men of war had caught, was six hundred thousand and seventy thousand and five thousand sheep.” Right now, true Christians are the prey, but one day, our Shepherd is going to come victoriously through the clouds for “the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) and we shall no longer be the prey. Are you “Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” (2 Peter 3:12)

Monday, February 04, 2019

The numbers 601,731 through 603,549 seem to not appear in the Bible but 603,550 does and is found in Numbers 2:32, which says, “These [are] those which were numbered of the children of Israel by the house of their fathers: all those that were numbered of the camps throughout their hosts [were] six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty.” In continuation from yesterday, in the sequence of Bible numbers, here is the starting number of which went down by nearly 2,000 people over time, which is not typical because population usually increases in time. But due to a serious partaking of sin, especially of a sensual nature, a plague was permitted to enter the camp killing off a number of Israelites. Today, Christians ought not experience the same plague, like aids, venereal diseases, etc., but they do. The reason is because they are partaking in the same sensual pleasures as the rest of the world ignoring God’s promise: “Hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee” (Exodus 15:26). So, what other ramifications of illnesses, if any, do you experience in life by not hearkening to the voice of God through the Bible?

Sunday, February 03, 2019

The numbers 600,001 through 601,729 seem to not appear in the Bible but 601,730 does and is found in Numbers 26:51, which says, “These [were] the numbered of the children of Israel, six hundred thousand and a thousand seven hundred and thirty.” This was down from “six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty" (Numbers 2:32). That number is 603,550, a loss of almost 2,000 plus the amount that they ought to have increased during the time of chapter 2 and chapter 26. But even 2,000 to die during the period of sensual pleasure found in chapter 25 is significant. Today, many Christians enjoy the sensual in the form of porn, illicit sexual activity, and simply dressing proactively, especially using the excuse of going swimming. Sadly, all who do not repent and change their lifestyle will see the same fate and be lost no matter how much they claim to be saved. So, how much do you willingly participate in?

Friday, February 01, 2019

The numbers 500,001 through 599,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 600,000 does and is found in Exodus 12:37, which says, “And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot [that were] men, beside children.” That was no small feat to move that many people through the desert to the Promised Land. Of course, many were lost along the way, especially for their insubordination. Today, God is trying to lead nearly eight billion people to the heavenly promised land. Unfortunately, history shall be repeated for “strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). Have you found the strait gate, or are you just going about life carelessly?

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The numbers 470,001 through 499,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 500,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 13:17, which says, “And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.” Abijah means "Jehovah is (my) father", of which was on the side of Judah. Civil war is terrible. What a shame that the children of Israel split into two nations and then killed each other, and what a large number of people who died! But, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand” (Matthew 12:25). And instead of having two sides today in Christianity, there are 42,000 choices, all at one point fought with spiritual death, and sometimes physical death. Of course, there has been an effort today to unite, but it is not being done properly, for the most part. The one movement to unite is to have everyone give up their doctrines, except for a handful, and become a one world religion united under the papacy. The other movement is to unite as Jesus prayed, “that they may be one, as we [are]” (John 17:11, 22). But He also stated what was to unit everyone: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). So, are you uniting or coexisting with other religions by believing we all serve the same god, or are you seeking the truth in God’s Word uniting upon His doctrine?

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The numbers 400,001 through 469,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 470,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 21:5, which says, “And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And all [they of] Israel were a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah [was] four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword.” Focusing upon Judah, which had the 470,000 men, Judah means “praised”. And we are told, “that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:11). So, “in all things” that you do, does it praise God or Satan?

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The numbers 375,001 through 399,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 400,000 does and is found in Judges 20:17, which says, “And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these [were] men of war.” The reason Benjamin is left out is because Israel was massing an attack against the tribe of Benjamin because “the children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel” (Judges 20:13). And the reason that Israel was preparing to attack Benjamin is because of the question Israel posed: “What wickedness [is] this that is done among you?” (Judges 20:12) This involved a concubine (Judges 20:4), a sexual object. And today, instead of spiritual Israel, the church, standing up against sexual perversion, it is welcoming it in with homosexual ministers, transgender ministers, and many other perversions. So, will you also play the reverse role of Benjamin and stand up as the minority against this wickedness?

Monday, January 28, 2019

The numbers 337,501 through 374,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 375,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 26:13, which says, “And under their hand [was] an army, three hundred thousand and seven thousand and five hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy.” Our King is Jesus. Are you helping God against the enemy, Satan, by not allowing sin in your life, or are you a traitor and are carelessly giving into a little sin here and a little sin there?

Sunday, January 27, 2019

The numbers 300,001 through 337,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 337,500 does and is found in Numbers 31:43 which says, “(Now the half [that pertained unto] the congregation was three hundred thousand and thirty thousand [and] seven thousand and five hundred sheep.” This was the portion of the spoils after conquering the enemy, the Midianites. We do not get the spoils of our enemy but we do get a reward: eternal life. So, do you count the reward of victory over the devil greater than what this earth has to offer?

Friday, January 25, 2019

The numbers 280,001 through 299,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 300,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 25:5, which says, “Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and made them captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, according to the houses of [their] fathers, throughout all Judah and Benjamin: and he numbered them from twenty years old and above, and found them three hundred thousand choice [men, able] to go forth to war, that could handle spear and shield.” Focusing upon the 300,000 being choice men, God is today looking for choice people. He says, “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9). So, are you completely out of darkness, error, the unknown, and are in His marvelous light, truth, and the known?

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The numbers 250,001 through 279,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 280,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 14:8, which says, “And Asa had an army [of men] that bare targets and spears, out of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand: all these [were] mighty men of valour.” As a reminder, Benjamin means "son of the right hand". And we know the One that Benjamin pointed to: “Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 26:64). He is definite a man of valor. And seeing that we are to “to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6), we too ought to strive to be a person of valor. So, are you?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The numbers 200,001 through 249,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 250,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 5:21, which says, “And they took away their cattle; of their camels fifty thousand, and of sheep two hundred and fifty thousand, and of asses two thousand, and of men an hundred thousand.” And that is the result of going to “war with the Hagarites, with Jetur, and Nephish, and Nodab” (1 Chronicles 5:19). Now, if we go to war with Satan and cease from our sinful ways, we shall also receive a reward: eternal life. But, if we are allowing Satan to rule our life, we will follow our ruler to eternal damnation. So, are you warring or not?

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The numbers 186,401 through 199,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 200,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 17:16, which says, “And next him [was] Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself unto the LORD; and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valour.” And that is to be our attitude as well. We ought to be willingly offered unto God. “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's” (Romans 14:8). “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). So, have you died to self and now live for God, always from henceforth?

Monday, January 21, 2019

The numbers 185,001 through 186,399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 185,000 does and is found in Numbers 2:9, which says, “All that were numbered in the camp of Judah [were] an hundred thousand and fourscore thousand and six thousand and four hundred, throughout their armies. These shall first set forth.” This is the first wave of the army from Judah in which spiritually transpired in the days of the apostles for Jesus said, “For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man [that is] an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard” (Matthew 20:1). We are nearing the time that Jesus said, “And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?” (Matthew 20:6). So, are you idle or are you involved in spreading the gospel?

Sunday, January 20, 2019

The numbers 180,001 through 184,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 185,000 does and is found in 2 Kings 19:35, which says, “And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they [were] all dead corpses.” If we surrender all to God, God will fight our battles, but when selfishness avails, that is when deeper problems occur. So, how many challenges in life do you go into without seeking God’s way of handling things?

Friday, January 18, 2019

The numbers 157,601 through 179,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 180,000 does and is found in 1 Kings 12:21, which says, “And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.” So, technically it was Judah against Israel, which was a bit of a civil war going on. Those that held to the true worship, Judah in Jerusalem against those that did not but claimed to be of God keeping the name Israel. It is much like today. “Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12) on one side, and everyone else against them because they do not keep the commandments, at least all of them. They either keep a revised version or claim grace does away with the law. One particular commandment is the one about keeping a whole day holy that God sanctified called the Sabbath. Sunday was never sanctified. So, on which side of the Christian civil war are you on? Those that keep the commandments or those that do not?

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The numbers 153,601 through 157,599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 157,600 does and is found in Numbers 2:31, which says, “All they that were numbered in the camp of Dan [were] an hundred thousand and fifty and seven thousand and six hundred. They shall go hindmost with their standards.” Standards are understood multiple ways. In this case, literally, it is the emblem of the tribe along with the colors, but all of that stands for something as well. And spiritually, standards are rules or commandments, of which God still has. So, do you line up yourself behind God’s standards, or do you claim grace to have your own standards?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The numbers 151,451 through 153,599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 153,600 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 2:17, which says, “And Solomon numbered all the strangers that [were] in the land of Israel, after the numbering wherewith David his father had numbered them; and they were found an hundred and fifty thousand and three thousand and six hundred.” And spiritually speaking of the word “stranger”, Psalms 119:19 says, “I [am] a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.” So, when encountering a non-believer, do you hide your Christianity?

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The numbers 144,001 through 151,449 seem to not appear in the Bible but 151,450 does and is found in Numbers 2:16, which says, “All that were numbered in the camp of Reuben [were] an hundred thousand and fifty and one thousand and four hundred and fifty, throughout their armies. And they shall set forth in the second rank.” As stated before, Christianity is not about having a party atmosphere as many choices have today. It is not even a relaxing life. It is a life of warfare. When one becomes a Christian, we are a soldier for Christ. “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of [this] life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (2 Timothy 2:4). So, do the affairs or ways of this world entangle you with its sports, entertainments, fashions, foods, drinks, etc., or do you live off of just the necessities of life saving souls as guided by the Commander, Jesus?

Monday, January 14, 2019

The numbers 120,001 through 143,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 144,000 does and is found in Revelation 7:4, which says, “And I heard the number of them which were sealed: [and there were] sealed an hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.” Lots of people talk about avoiding the Mark of the Beast but hardly anyone talks about the Seal of God. People can successfully avoid the Mark of the Beast but not have the Seal of God and that would be a sad situation, while people with the Seal of God automatically avoid the Mark of the Beast, therefore, it is more important to have the Seal of God instead of just trying to avoid the Mark of the Beast. So, do you have God’s seal? Do you even know what it is?

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The numbers 108,101 through 119,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 120,000 does and is found in 1 Kings 8:63, which says, “And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered unto the LORD, two and twenty thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of the LORD.” Sin caused a rift between us and the Father, but our Peace offering is found in Jesus “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). So, do you accept Jesus as your Peace offering?

Friday, January 11, 2019

The numbers 100,001 through 108,099 seem to not appear in the Bible but 108,100 does and is found in Numbers 2:24, which says, “All that were numbered of the camp of Ephraim [were] an hundred thousand and eight thousand and an hundred, throughout their armies. And they shall go forward in the third rank.” Many years have gone by since Jesus walked the earth in bodily form, but just as there were ranks in the days of Moses physically, we march forward nearly 2,000 years later pressing against the evil and making sure that we “war a good warfare” (1 Timothy 1:18) pressing the gospel forward. Who knows what number rank we are, but the important question is, do you “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:12)?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The numbers 87,001 through 99,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 100,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 29:6-7, which says, “Then the chief of the fathers and princes of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers of the king's work, offered willingly, And gave for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand drams, and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand talents of iron.” God loves willing offerings and not grudgingly given offerings. So, how willing are you to give to God? Even all of His tithes (10%) and offerings (Malachi 3:8)?

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

The numbers 80,001 through 86,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 87,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 7:5, which says, “And their brethren among all the families of Issachar [were] valiant men of might, reckoned in all by their genealogies fourscore and seven thousand.” Issachar means "there is recompense". Recompense or payback is not for us to do. “Recompense to no man evil for evil” (Romans 12:17) for “Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord” (Hebrews 10:30). So, how often do you payback people for their awful actions?

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

The numbers 75,001 through 76,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 76,500 does and is found in 1 Kings 5:15, which says, “And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens, and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains.” A hewer is someone who cuts. Jeremiah 17:3 relates sin as being like a mountain. Of course, we ought to remember that Jesus said, “if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done” (Matthew 21:21). But at the very least, we ought to all be hewers of the mountain of sin, and by the grace of God, be cutting sin out of our lives so much so that “sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14). So, how far have you gotten on your personal mountain of sin?

Monday, January 07, 2019

The numbers 75,001 through 76,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 76,500 does and is found in Numbers 26:22, which says, “These [are] the families of Judah according to those that were numbered of them, threescore and sixteen thousand and five hundred.” Remember, Judah means "praised". The Bible says, “Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever” (Psalms 106:1). We see that praising God is inclusive of giving thanks to God. So, are you thankful for the breath of life, all the things God provides, the gift of grace, etc.?

Sunday, January 06, 2019

The numbers 74,601 through 74,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 75,000 does and is found in Esther 9:16, “But the other Jews that [were] in the king's provinces gathered themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from their enemies, and slew of their foes seventy and five thousand, but they laid not their hands on the prey.” Ephesians 6:12-18 says of the Christian who ought to stand, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” So, are you standing on God’s side or allowing the enemy to overcome you?

Friday, January 04, 2019

The numbers 72,001 through 74,599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 74,600 does and is found in Numbers 1:27, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Judah, [were] threescore and fourteen thousand and six hundred.” Judah means "praised". So, in your actions, who do you praise? “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16)

Thursday, January 03, 2019

The numbers 70,001 through 71,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 72,000 does and is found in Numbers 31:33, which says, “And threescore and twelve thousand beeves,” which was part of “the booty” they got (Numbers 31:32) from warring “against the Midianites” (Numbers 31:7). Beeves are herds. Now we will not get any booty at the end of time from the wicked, but we will gain much once we get to Heaven. So, on which side are you striving (Luke 13:24) to be part of?

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

The numbers 64,401 through 69,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 70,000 does and is found in 1 Kings 5:15, which says, “And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens, and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains.” Solomon needed 70,000 burden bears. We just need one. “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:28). Now, have you made Christ your burden Bearer, or are you failing at atoning for your own sins?

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

The numbers 64,301 through 64,399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 64,400 does and is found in Numbers 26:43, which says, “All the families of the Shuhamites, according to those that were numbered of them, [were] threescore and four thousand and four hundred.” Shuham means "pit-digger". The Bible says this about digging pits: “Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch [which] he made. His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate. I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high” (Psalms 7:14-17). So, though people seem to get away with sin and iniquity, in the end, they will receive violence, even the fires of hell specifically. Now, what are you doing with your life? Are you thinking you are getting away with sin here and there, or are you living in obedience to God looking forward to the day that sin and sinners who refuse Christ will be no more?

Monday, December 31, 2018

The numbers 62,701 through 64,299 seem to not appear in the Bible but 64,300 does and is found in Numbers 26:25, “These [are] the families of Issachar according to those that were numbered of them, threescore and four thousand and three hundred.” Issachar means "there is recompense", a reward for loss. And sin in the world has caused much loss, but God is willing to fix the situation. God says, “I will recompense them according to their deeds, and according to the works of their own hands” (Jeremiah 25:14). So, it pays to repent that God can work in our lives. Now, will you repent of any sins in your life so God can start fixing things?

Sunday, December 30, 2018

The numbers 61,001 through 62,699 seem to not appear in the Bible but 62,700 does and is found in Numbers 1:39, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Dan, [were] threescore and two thousand and seven hundred.” Dan means "a judge", which reminds me of the fact that “the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son” (John 5:22), however, at the same time, “we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1). Therefore, in the judgment, Jesus is both Judge and our Attorney. How can anyone lose in the judgement? Fire the attorney by rejecting His Word, His Way, His thinking. So, do you seek Jesus through His word, act like Him in character, and think and talk as Jesus would, which means, “to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6)?

Friday, December 28, 2018

The numbers 60,501 through 60,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 61,000 does and is found in Ezra 2:69, which says, “They gave after their ability unto the treasure of the work threescore and one thousand drams of gold, and five thousand pound of silver, and one hundred priests' garments.” Generosity to the work of God should always be foremost in our minds, but today, each pay check has the government taking their portion, and then many Christians make sure all of their needs are met, and if there is anything left over, they seem to give but a portion of that. God does have a minimum. “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye [are] cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, [even] this whole nation” (Malachi 3:8). So, are you robbing God, or are you giving God what rightly belongs to Him and then some?

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The numbers 60,001 through 60,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 60,500 does and is found in Numbers 26:27, which says, “These [are] the families of the Zebulunites according to those that were numbered of them, threescore thousand and five hundred.” Remember, Zebulun means "exalted". The extra 3,100 people between chapter 1 and chapter 26 again shows the progression of time between chapters, but what remains the same is the character, exalting God in this case. So, are you a steady Christian or do you frequently exalt self every so often instead?

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The numbers 59,301 through 59,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 60,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 12:3, which says, “With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen: and the people [were] without number that came with him out of Egypt; the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians.” We do not get much help regarding the meaning of the names, so addressing the verse as is, “Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem” (2 Chronicles 12:2) with Israel’s enemies. Why? Because “Thus saith the LORD, Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak” (2 Chronicles 12:5). When we excuse away obedience to God, God hands us over to life’s enemies eventually. This is stated in Romans 1:28, which says, “And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient”. So, even in the New Testament, when people seek after evil and move away from God, He gives people over to it. So, what evil do you seek, or have you been “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5)?

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

The numbers 57,401 through 59,299 seem to not appear in the Bible but 59,300 does and is found in Numbers 1:23, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Simeon, [were] fifty and nine thousand and three hundred.” Simeon or Shimeon means "heard". Jesus said, “blessed [are] they that hear the word of God, and keep it” (Luke 11:28). So, have you heard the Word of God and also keep it?

Monday, December 24, 2018

The numbers 54,401 through 57,399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 57,400 does and is found in Numbers 1:31, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Zebulun, [were] fifty and seven thousand and four hundred.” Zebulun means "exalted". And so, do you exalt God 100% of the time, or do you exalt self a bit too?

Sunday, December 23, 2018

The numbers 53,401 through 54,399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 54,400 does and is found in Numbers 1:29, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Issachar, [were] fifty and four thousand and four hundred.” Issachar means "there is recompense". “Say not thou, I will recompense evil; [but] wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee” (Proverbs 20:22). In other words, allow the Lord to pay back the evil “For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord” (Hebrews 10:30). So, do you take matters into your own hands when someone wrongs you, or do you “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men” (Romans 12:17)?

Friday, December 21, 2018

The numbers 52,701 through 53,399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 53,400 does and is found in Numbers 1:43, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Naphtali, [were] fifty and three thousand and four hundred.” As a reminder, Naphtali means "wrestling". And another thing we ought to be wrestling with, in addition against spiritual wickedness, is that of receiving the blessings from God like Jacob did physically, though we need to do spiritually. “And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me” (Genesis 32:25-26). So, do you enter into deep prayer wrestling yourself out of the world to receive a blessing of becoming a converted person through Jesus Christ?

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The numbers 50,071 through 52,699 seem to not appear in the Bible but 52,700 does and is found in Numbers 26:34, which says, “These [are] the families of Manasseh, and those that were numbered of them, fifty and two thousand and seven hundred.” As a reminder, Manasseh means "causing to forget". Hopefully we forget our sins, the desires to do such. But hopefully we do not live life so rushed that we forget God. So, do you forget what you ought to forget but remember what you ought to remember?

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The numbers 50,001 through 50,069 seem to not appear in the Bible but 50,070 does and is found in 1 Samuel 6:19, which says, “And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the LORD had smitten [many] of the people with a great slaughter.” This is reverence towards God. People died for their irreverence, and yet today, Christians go to church in the same attire they wear to the beach, ball games, and clubs. The more people dress down represents the less respect people have towards God. So, how much respect do you have towards God?

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The numbers 46,501 through 49,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 50,000 does and is found in Acts 19:19, which says, “Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all [men]: and they counted the price of them, and found [it] fifty thousand [pieces] of silver.” That is a lot of money, and so when we have such a high investment in sin, we ought not weep over becoming a Christian and having to trash those items. People have trashed thousands of dollars invested into DVDs once becoming a Christian. People have dumped thousands of dollars worth of alcohol down the drain once becoming a Christian. So, are you holding back in destroying sinful items still in your home, or have you counted Heaven much more than that investment and trashed it all?

Monday, December 17, 2018

The numbers 45,651 through 46,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 46,500 does and is found in Numbers 1:21, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Reuben, [were] forty and six thousand and five hundred.” Reuben means "behold a son". Evidently about 3,000 more Reubenites were born after this point until numbered in chapter 26. It is not like the Book of Numbers was written in a day, a week, a month, or even a year. It may have been several years. Many books of the Bible were written this way, giving account of major events and inspirations over time. This is unlike authors today that sit down and pump out books. And yet, despite the amount of time from chapter 1 until the end and even from Genesis to Revelation, the consistency in the content of the Bible can be found if a person is honest in their study of it. So, how honestly do you study the Bible?

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The numbers 45,601 through 45,649 seem to not appear in the Bible but 45,650 does and is found in Numbers 1:25, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Gad, [were] forty and five thousand six hundred and fifty.” Gad means “troop”, which of course is along the lines of being a soldier. And we are told, “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of [this] life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (2 Timothy 2:3-4). So, how are you enduring?

Friday, December 14, 2018

The numbers 45,401 through 45,599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 45,600 does and is found in Numbers 26:41, which says, “These [are] the sons of Benjamin after their families: and they that were numbered of them [were] forty and five thousand and six hundred.” Benjamin means "son of the right hand". In our personal lives, we have “Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us” (Romans 8:34). Now, how much time do you spend each day going to the Intercessor?

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The numbers 44,761 through 45,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 45,400 does and is found in Numbers 26:50, which says, “These [are] the families of Naphtali according to their families: and they that were numbered of them [were] forty and five thousand and four hundred.” Naphtali means "wrestling", which again goes along with yesterday’s verse in which we quoted Ephesians 6:12-13 about where our wrestling match is. It is with “principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]”, even the Devil himself. But so many Christians do not even wrestle. They think once they are a Christian, Heaven is guaranteed. Then what nonsense does Satan have in attacking Christians? There is no prize for him other than having a good time in harassing. But to harass with no reward is boring. Even a child gives up harassing their siblings or friends if there is no effect and no reward. The reality of things is that once a person chooses to be a real Christian in which salvation is only guaranteed as we comply with John 10:27, which says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”, it is at that time that Satan ups his activity against the Christian in hopes of that Christian would finally say, “This Christian life isn’t worth the harassment!” So, are you deceived in security and are actually not saved from your sinning, or have you left Jesus “take away our sins” (1 John 3:5)?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The numbers 43,731 through 44,759 seem to not appear in the Bible but 44,760 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 5:18, which says, “The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men, men able to bear buckler and sword, and to shoot with bow, and skilful in war, [were] four and forty thousand seven hundred and threescore, that went out to the war.” Today, “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:12-13). So, are you a valiant person putting up a “good fight” (2 Timothy 4:7)?

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The numbers 42,361 through 43,729 seem to not appear in the Bible but 43,730 does and is found in Numbers 26:7, “These [are] the families of the Reubenites: and they that were numbered of them were forty and three thousand and seven hundred and thirty.” Reuben means "behold a son". For application to us, we ought not behold just any son, but as John the Baptist said regarding Jesus, “Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36) And the principle applied here is, “we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). So, do you behold Jesus everyday by spending time in the Bible every day?

Monday, December 10, 2018

The numbers 42,001 through 42,359 seem to not appear in the Bible but 42,360 does and is found in Ezra 2:64, which says, “The whole congregation together [was] forty and two thousand three hundred [and] threescore.” In reality of things, that is not a whole lot of people leaving Babylon for Jerusalem, but praise God for these few. Today, we have so many in the land of confusion (Babylon) or submitting themselves to confusion and refuse to leave for a better, holier life. They still listen to preachers teaching disobedience. They enjoy the lifestyle of the lost. They do much the same things as any non-Christian, and yet declare that they get to go to Heaven in the end. Are you part of that sad group, or have you changed your entire life in accordance to the ways of God, and “have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts” (Galatians 5:24)?

Sunday, December 09, 2018

The numbers 41,501 through 41,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 42,000 does and is found in Judges 12:6, which says, “Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce [it] right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.” Not sure if this gave away the side the person was on by a mispronunciation or what, but going with that, do you misrepresent Christ spiritually by claiming to be a Christian but not able to perform properly as one by holding onto sin?

Friday, December 07, 2018

The numbers 40,501 through 41,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 41,500 does and is found in Numbers 1:41, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Asher, [were] forty and one thousand and five hundred.” Asher means “happy”, and Jesus said, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them” (John 13:17). So, do you do the things Jesus asks you to do and are happy, or do check first to see if it agrees with your wants and desires?

Thursday, December 06, 2018

The numbers 40,001 through 40,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 40,000 does and is found in Numbers 1:33, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Ephraim, [were] forty thousand and five hundred.” According to Genesis 41:52, the Bible says, “And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.” We too can be fruitful in difficult times. We jus have to “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). What are your eyes focused upon, difficulties or do you look for the blessings?

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

The numbers 38,001 through 39,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 40,000 does and is found in Joshua 4:13, which says, “About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the LORD unto battle, to the plains of Jericho.” These were some of the people that passed over Jordan on dry land (Joshua 4:18). People may try to discredit the crossing of the Red Sea by saying it was the Reed Sea, which was more like swamp land, but they fail to mention the Jordan as well. That is because many Christians think there was only one splitting of the waters for Israel. They just do not know their Bibles. So, were you aware of the same miracle at the Jordan as the Red Sea?

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

The numbers 37,001 through 37,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 38,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 23:3, which says, “Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand.” Notice that they were numbered from the age of thirty. That is because that is when they could become a priest, hence why Jesus waited until the age of thirty (Luke 3:23) before beginning His ministry. In life today, this is typically when people settle down and mature. Up through the teens, they are in school. In the twenties, they are then experiencing life learning how to navigate. About the age of thirty is when people settle down, forge the path that will take them through to the rest of their life, even become more serious about God, which is a form of ministry. So, have you begun your ministry relationship with God yet?

Monday, December 03, 2018

The numbers 36,001 through 36,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 37,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 12:34, which says, “And of Naphtali a thousand captains, and with them with shield and spear thirty and seven thousand.” Naphtali means "wrestling". This reminds me of Ephesians 6:11-13, which says, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” So, are you wrestling or not fighting against these principalities and powers in high places (Satan and his demons)?

Sunday, December 02, 2018

The numbers 35,401 through 35,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 36,000 does and is found in Numbers 31:38, which says, “And the beeves [were] thirty and six thousand; of which the LORD'S tribute [was] threescore and twelve.” Beeves are “cattle, herd, oxen, or ox”. Again, the important point here is no matter what increase in goods one receives, God ought to be in mind and receive a portion since technically it is all His. So, when you receive a gift, especially a monetary gift even in the form of a gift card, do you count any portion towards God, especially in the form of tithe?

Friday, November 30, 2018

The numbers 32,501 through 35,399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 32,500 does and is found in Numbers 1:37, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Benjamin, [were] thirty and five thousand and four hundred.” Benjamin means "son of the right hand". We may understand the phrase “hand of God” is when a miracle happens or an action of God happens. As we say, “By the hand of God, He led the Israelites out of Egypt through the plagues, through the Red Sea, through the miracles in the desert.” But when the word right is used with an object, it signifies approval. Blessings were given by the right hand, for instance. So, are you a spiritual Benjamin in which God looks upon as His son or daughter in approving way?

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The numbers 32,201 through 32,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 32,500 does and is found in Numbers 26:37, which says, “These [are] the families of the sons of Ephraim according to those that were numbered of them, thirty and two thousand and five hundred. These [are] the sons of Joseph after their families.” Ephraim has no known meaning other than the fact that as second born he was actually given preference over the firstborn. Though Jesus is referred to as “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature”, He was not treated as being preferred but being “rejected” (Luke 20:17). And “firstborn” does not mean Jesus was a created being for the Bible also refers to Him as “The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Now of us, we are not worthy of any special treatment but “now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). In other words, He was treated as we deserve while we will be treated as He deserves. We will be given preferential treatment. So, just how much do you appreciate what Jesus did to allow us the opportunity of eternal life?

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The numbers 32,001 through 32,199 seem to not appear in the Bible but 32,200 does and is found in Numbers 1:35 “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Manasseh, [were] thirty and two thousand and two hundred.” Manasseh means "causing to forget", specifically, “And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, [said he], hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house” (Genesis 41:51). When good happens, it is to help us forget the bad, but if we insist on remembering the bad, then we are rejecting God’s blessing and choosing to embrace Satan’s depression. So, when a blessing occurs, do you downgrade it by pointing out the evils as well?

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The numbers 30,501 through 31,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 32,000 does and is found in Numbers 31:35, which says, “And thirty and two thousand persons in all, of women that had not known man by lying with him.” All women, let alone men, ought to not be having any type of sexual activity until it is time to get married. If you are a young person with urges, seek the Lord to keep you. If you are sexually active but are not in a marital commitment, seek the Lord to help you stop. And those that are married and even having children, will you raise both men and women to be chased?

Monday, November 26, 2018

The numbers 30,001 through 34,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 30,500 does and is found in Numbers 31:39, which says, “And the asses [were] thirty thousand and five hundred; of which the LORD'S tribute [was] threescore and one.” In all that we gain (paycheck, gifts, etc.), do you consider a portion belongs to God, such as in tithe (Malachi 3:8)?

Sunday, November 25, 2018

The numbers 28,601 through 29,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 30,000 does and is found in Joshua 8:3, which says, “So Joshua arose, and all the people of war, to go up against Ai: and Joshua chose out thirty thousand mighty men of valour, and sent them away by night.” These 30,000 men were those that were assembled after Achan was stoned for taking that which the Lord said not to take causing Israel to lose the first battle to Ai in an embarrassing way. It is amazing what a person’s life can be like once sin is eradicated. Personally, have you gotten rid of all your sins by the grace of God?

Friday, November 23, 2018

The numbers 27,001 through 28,599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 28,600 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 12:35, which says, “And of the Danites expert in war twenty and eight thousand and six hundred.” “All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel [were] of one heart to make David king” (1 Chronicles 12:38). Danites, descendants of Dan, means “judge”. These people judged between the ways of Saul and the ways of David, just as we ought to judge between the ways of Satan and the ways of Jesus. If you judge the ways of Jesus to be superior to Satan, there is to be no holding back. In other words, we cannot say that we will obey most of what Jesus asks us to do. We will make a complete surrender of all of our sins. So, who do you choose to follow? “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16)

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The numbers 26,001 through 26,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 27,000 does and is found in 1 Kings 20:30, which says, “But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and [there] a wall fell upon twenty and seven thousand of the men [that were] left. And Benhadad fled, and came into the city, into an inner chamber.” The context of this battle is explained in 1 Kings 20:28, which says, “And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syrians have said, The LORD [is] God of the hills, but he [is] not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD.” So, have you ever noticed in your life that when you pray for a new job, a new car, even food on the table that God does not seem to be so quick to respond, but when you pray that you would have the godly words to speak to someone or some other spiritual matter that God seems to answer more quickly? That is because just like this battle brought God’s reputation into the matter the earthly things are not to be put first “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The numbers 25,101 through 25,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 26,000 does and is found in Judges 20:15, which says, “And the children of Benjamin were numbered at that time out of the cities twenty and six thousand men that drew sword, beside the inhabitants of Gibeah, which were numbered seven hundred chosen men.” Why were they gathered? “To go out to battle against the children of Israel” (Judges 20:14). Continuing the story of in fighting, this is an example of church discipline. The tribe of Benjamin had done a vile thing and Israel rose up against them. Today, the opposite is true. People rise up against those preaching truth and sin is allowed. So, are you an advocate of not judging even when it comes to open sin, or do you follow the principle “Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear” (1 Timothy 5:20)?

Monday, November 19, 2018

The numbers 25,001 through 25,099 seem to not appear in the Bible but 25,100 does and is found in Judges 20:35, which says, “And the LORD smote Benjamin before Israel: and the children of Israel destroyed of the Benjamites that day twenty and five thousand and an hundred men: all these drew the sword.” All of this inward fighting, is it really of God? Actually, it is. Where error is spoken, truth must push back. If we let people in error, it means that we do not love them. And it is interesting that error is allowed to go unchecked, but when truth is spoken, all kinds of fighting begins. Accusations of “legalism”, “church disturbers”, etc. come about. So, does truth and error mean anything to you, or are you just a social Christian?

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The numbers 24,001 through 24,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 25,000 does and is found in Judges 20:46, which says, “So that all which fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five thousand men that drew the sword; all these [were] men of valour.” Israel had set up the tribe of Benjamin to fall, which parallels today. Many Christians call themselves Christian but are ready to turn upon the true Christians. Who are the true Christians? “Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12). So, all those that keep not the commandments are like Israel of old. Are you one of them, or are you faithfully keeping God’s commandments?

Friday, November 16, 2018

The numbers 23,001 through 23,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 24,000 does and is found in Numbers 25:6, which says, “And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who [were] weeping [before] the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw [it], he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.” On the verge of the Promised Land, going after sexual desires caused 24,000 men to fall in Israel, much like today. Not only is adultery very active among Christians, the internet has made pornography very easily accessible and for the most part, a private activity. Therefore, people can claim to be Christian while enjoying viewing such content, and it is not only men that view it either. So, are you like one of the people who appear to be mighty for God and yet have been drawn away by sexual desires, or are you fighting the good fight of faith and resisting the lure?

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The numbers 22,601 through 22,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 23,000 does and is found in Numbers 26:62, which says, “And those that were numbered of them were twenty and three thousand, all males from a month old and upward: for they were not numbered among the children of Israel, because there was no inheritance given them among the children of Israel.” “These are they that were numbered of the Levites after their families” (Numbers 26:57). We also being priests (1 Peter 2:9), our inheritance is not on earth. No earthly thing ought we to claim as our own. Every possession is just a tool to survive our journey to get to our mansions and country estates. So, how attached are you to things on earth?

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The numbers 22,201 through 22,599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 22,600 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 7:2, which says, “And the sons of Tola; Uzzi, and Rephaiah, and Jeriel, and Jahmai, and Jibsam, and Shemuel, heads of their father's house, [to wit], of Tola: [they were] valiant men of might in their generations; whose number [was] in the days of David two and twenty thousand and six hundred.” Tola has no meaning; Uzzi means “strong”; Rephaiah means "healed of Jehovah"; Jeriel means "taught by God"; Jahmai means "whom Jehovah guards"; Jibsam means "pleasant"; and Shemuel or Samuel means "his name is El". Also, David means "beloved". God’s Word teaches God’s way and reveals the world’s way. If we follow God’s way, we will be healed from our sins. We will have God guarding our every step. We will become strong in the Lord. Our life, even in troublous times, will be pleasant. We will belong to El and become one of His beloved. “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10). So, will you submit to being taught of God instead of your own ways?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The numbers 22,035 through 22,199 seem to not appear in the Bible but 22,200 does and is found in Numbers 26:14 “These [are] the families of the Simeonites, twenty and two thousand and two hundred.” Simeonites were the descendants of Simeon, which means “heard”. Of what have you heard about God, do you believe and obey, or are you still living for self?

Monday, November 12, 2018

The numbers 22,001 through 22,033 seem to not appear in the Bible but 22,034 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 7:7, which says, “And the sons of Bela; Ezbon, and Uzzi, and Uzziel, and Jerimoth, and Iri, five; heads of the house of [their] fathers, mighty men of valour; and were reckoned by their genealogies twenty and two thousand and thirty and four.” Other than Ezbon, each of the names mean something. Bela means "destruction"; Uzzi means "strong"; Uzziel means "my strength is God"; Jerimoth or Jeremoth means "He is Most High"; and Iri means "belonging to a city". That city that the Most High belongs to is called the New Jerusalem (Revelation 3:12). God is truly strong, in fact, He is our strength. And that demonstration of strength will be shown when He destroys the wicked, but personally, God’s strength is demonstrated by the power He provides in overcoming every temptation towards sin. But do you just carelessly live the average human life sinning here and sinning there but nothing too seriously because you believe God cannot keep you from sinning and will destroy you in the end for your continued sinful ways?

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The numbers 20,801 through 21,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 22000 does and is found in Numbers 3:39, “All that were numbered of the Levites, which Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of the LORD, throughout their families, all the males from a month old and upward, [were] twenty and two thousand.” These people were to “encamp before the tabernacle toward the east, [even] before the tabernacle of the congregation eastward, [shall be] Moses, and Aaron and his sons, keeping the charge of the sanctuary for the charge of the children of Israel; and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death” (Numbers 3:38). There was no infiltration whatsoever, but today, any Christian preacher is respected as a being a proper Christian preacher, or if someone does not like a certain Christian preacher, they just dismiss them as being a bit off. They do not treat them as a false preacher demanding his credentials be revoked and demand that they be forever banned from preaching. That is because the standard used is mere feelings instead of God’s Word. If people would properly understand the standards through proper Bible study, a whole lot of preachers would lose their jobs. So, do you study the standard realizing anyone that preaches that someone goes to Heaven right away is actually a spiritualist, condemned by the Bible? Do you study the standard realizing anyone that preaches that the commandments are done away with are actually working for Satan, who was the first one to rebel against the keeping of God’s commandments? Do you study the standard realizing anyone that preaches that all religions and all denominations are acceptable unto God are actually an enemy of God?

Friday, November 09, 2018

The numbers 20,201 through 20,799 seem to not appear in the Bible but 20800 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 12:30, “And of the children of Ephraim twenty thousand and eight hundred, mighty men of valour, famous throughout the house of their fathers.” This type of being famous is not like today. A sports figure who is considered the best at their sport is considered famous. A singer that has many hits on the charts is considered famous. A celebrity that wins numerous TV or movie awards is considered famous. An outspoken politician may even be famous. But truly being famous among men is the soldier who risks their life to defend that which is right, a police officer risking their life to save a hostage, a firefighter risking their life to save a potential victim from a burning building. But even these lack one important attribute of being famous in the eyes of God… being “strong in faith, giving glory to God” (Romans 4:20). So, does God receive the glory in your life, or do you declare what you have accomplished by your own abilities?

Thursday, November 08, 2018

The numbers 20,001 through 20,199 seem to not appear in the Bible but 20200 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 7:9, which says, “And the number of them, after their genealogy by their generations, heads of the house of their fathers, mighty men of valour, [was] twenty thousand and two hundred.” Numerous times the word “valor” is used to describe men of strength. Unfortunately, we have so many people weak in the faith and very few people of valor. Sin is excused. Sharing the gospel is more like inviting people to a social club. We are told, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10). So, are you able to face those temptations and sin not, or are you not a person of valor?

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

The numbers 17,201 through 17,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 18,000 does and is found in Luke 14:31, which says, “Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?” So, do you think things through or do you simply act by impulse, even in conversation?

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

The numbers 17,201 through 17,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 18,000 does and is found in 2 Samuel 8:13, which says, “And David gat [him] a name when he returned from smiting of the Syrians in the valley of salt, [being] eighteen thousand [men].” Doing that which is right ought to be what earns a reputation, not one that is bought, or self-promoted, or even developed through association. So, what do your actions tell of yourself? Keep in mind, “he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous” (1 John 3:7).

Monday, November 05, 2018

The numbers 16,751 through 17,199 seem to not appear in the Bible but 17,200 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 7:11, which says, “All these the sons of Jediael, by the heads of their fathers, mighty men of valour, [were] seventeen thousand and two hundred [soldiers], fit to go out for war [and] battle.” Jediael means "God makes known". Although we are to judge people by their fruits (Matthew 7:16, 20), we are not able to judge a person’s heart nor destination. God will make that known. So, do you not judge at all, which is unbiblical? Do you “judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24)? Do you try to identify those going to Heaven or Hell? Only one is correct and required.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

The numbers 16,001 through 16,749 seem to not appear in the Bible but 16,750 does and is found in Numbers 31:52, which says, “And all the gold of the offering that they offered up to the LORD, of the captains of thousands, and of the captains of hundreds, was sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty shekels.” Leadership by example! That is what this is. Though this was about giving financially, it applies to all aspects. And most of us are in leadership positions of one place or another. We may lead out in church in different positions. We may lead out in our community. We ought to lead out in our families. If the husband, your responsibility is the whole household to be led. If the wife, your responsibility is to teach the children. And where employment is involved, we are to lead by example in the workplace. Even youth are not exempt. There are siblings who watch us, be they older or younger. So, what type of leadership example are you setting?

Friday, November 02, 2018

The numbers 15,001 through 15,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 16,000 does and is found in Numbers 31:40, which says, “And the persons [were] sixteen thousand; of which the LORD'S tribute [was] thirty and two persons.” This was part of “the LORD'S tribute” (Numbers 31:37). The people, along with the “beasts” (Numbers 31:47), were dedicated to the service of God. That is all they knew. It would be most interesting if that is all we knew instead of temptations and sin. Not only is it a distraction from God’s way, it is sin when we give into it. “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). That is serious. It is not fun and games. When people become Christian, Satan ramps up his game to tempt people into sinning so that he can claim them, even the Christian that has the false security of “once saved, always saved” has the opportunity to take themselves out of the hand of God. So, who are you dedicated to, keeping in mind being mostly obedient to God is still obeying Satan?

Thursday, November 01, 2018

The numbers 14,701 through 14,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 15,000 does and is found in Judges 8:10, which says, “Now Zebah and Zalmunna [were] in Karkor, and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand [men], all that were left of all the hosts of the children of the east: for there fell an hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword.” 15,000 were what was left after such a great victory that God provided to Gideon and his band of 300 men (Judges 8:4). Though the numbers were staggering against Gideon, with obeying God’s command, God was able to reward his obedience. So, do you wait for God to do something for you while in disobedience, or do you look forward to His blessings because of your obedience?

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

We interrupt this moment of going through the Bible using the numbers as a random launching point to address something very important. Five hundred and one years ago, God raised up Martin Luther to protest against the Catholic Church’s unbiblical doctrines. Since then, many protestant denominations have arisen because of worshipping a man instead of the truth, hence why many shall be lost. “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2:10). Many Christians today have joined the Catholic Church with its own unbiblical positions and criticisms of the Bible, hence why last year all of the denominations could get together on common points and celebrate the death of the protest, the death of Protestantism. And for those that hold onto the protest, the devil has created a distraction. It is called Halloween. So, what comes to mind this day? Is it the anniversary celebrating the protest against unbiblical doctrines, the 95 Thesis nailing, or the celebration of all kinds of forbidden satanic characters such as witches, warlocks, ghosts (including zombies), and much more? And even if it is not the scary stuff but are doctors and nurses, is it sexual (a pagan practice of holidays) or involves “tricking”, the initial sin on earth?

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The numbers 14,001 through 14,699 seem to not appear in the Bible but 14,700 does and is found in Numbers 16:49, which says, “Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah.” So, despite the evidence pointing to God that did the punishing of Korah and gang, a whole bunch of people falsely accused Moses of doing it. What a distortion of the truth! And today, people do it quite often on purpose, especially regarding politics and allowing selfishness to get in the way in other matters. So, just how honest are you?

Monday, October 29, 2018

The numbers 12,001 through 13,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 14,000 does and is found in Job 42:12, which says, “So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.” Let us keep in mind that we may have to forsake all here on earth, but we shall be blessed with abundance later. Jesus said, “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33). So, are you willing to be “Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward” (Hebrews 11:26)?

Sunday, October 28, 2018

The numbers 10,001 through 11,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 12,000 does and is found in several places including Revelation 21:16, which says, “And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.” This is where the mansions (John 14:2) are located. Physically, this is a city that is as wide as the state of Pennsylvania in all four directions, but just remember, though it seems so large and could fit the population of the world inside, Noah built a huge ark to carry people away to safety and only 8 entered in. So, are you one that “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able” (Luke 13:24) “Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14)?

Friday, October 26, 2018

The numbers 8601 through 9999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 10,000 does and is found in many places including Judges 7:3, which says, “Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever [is] fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.” And do you know who is first on the list going to hell? Revelation 21:8 says, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Those that are fearful to stand up for the truth are going to go to hell. Obedience to God is first. “Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). So, are you fearful of what others may think if you completely obey God?

Thursday, October 25, 2018

It seems that we got a number out of sequence as we forgot 8580, which appears in Numbers 4:48: “Even those that were numbered of them, were eight thousand and five hundred and fourscore.” These “were numbered of the Levites” (Numbers 4:46), the priests of the congregation who served God in the temple and were scattered throughout the land for synagogue services. And it will be said, “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them” (Revelation 7:14-15). Although that is a verse for the future, today do you serve God all the day long, even into the night by living in obedience always?

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The numbers 8701 through 8599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 8600 does and is found in Numbers 3:27-28, which says, “And of Kohath [was] the family of the Amramites, and the family of the Izeharites, and the family of the Hebronites, and the family of the Uzzielites: these [are] the families of the Kohathites. In the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, [were] eight thousand and six hundred, keeping the charge of the sanctuary.” Kohath means "assembly" while the other names have no given definition. Speaking of the word “assembly”, the Bible says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). Therefore, as we get closer and closer to the second coming, we ought to be assembling, like a church service, more and more, yet, so many supposed Christians seem to want to be independent and not participate in the assembling together. Sure, there are numerous incidences of ministers that are going to prison for sins committed and the government had to get involved, but Luke wrote, “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock” (Acts 20:29). It is Satan’s attempt to disassemble by injecting wolves into all of the denominations so as to keep people from following the command of God to assemble. So, are you one that does not seek assembling listening to your own mind not wanting to trust God’s ministers because Satan has too many wolves, or do you diligently search for preaches that are of God?

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The numbers 7501 through 7699 seem to not appear in the Bible but 7700 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 17:11, which says, “Also [some] of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents, and tribute silver; and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand and seven hundred rams, and seven thousand and seven hundred he goats.” What wonderful gifts they were, but some people are confused when applied towards Jesus. People who keep God’s commandments as they read are accused of working their way to Heaven and that is not the case. It is not trying to appease God with a gift. In fact, “when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do” (Luke 17:10). Keeping the commandments is simply our duty. Anything less is far less than simply being unprofitable. It is creating debt without forgiveness because it is willful debt. So, are you at least unprofitable, or are you creating much debt without any forgiveness?

Monday, October 22, 2018

The numbers 7338 through 7499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 7500 does and is found in Numbers 3:21-22, which says, “Of Gershon [was] the family of the Libnites, and the family of the Shimites: these [are] the families of the Gershonites. Those that were numbered of them, according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, [even] those that were numbered of them [were] seven thousand and five hundred.” And specifically, “These [are] the families of the Levites according to the house of their fathers” (Numbers 3:20). That means a numbering of the priests was occurring. Seeing that we are to be part of “a royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9) ourselves, would you be numbered among them for you live as such, or would you not be numbered among them because you live like the world?

Sunday, October 21, 2018

The numbers 7101 through 7336 seem to not appear in the Bible but 7337 does and is found in Ezra 2:65, which says, “Beside their servants and their maids, of whom [there were] seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven: and [there were] among them two hundred singing men and singing women.” Now, notice how the prophets just of the New Testament referred to themselves: “Paul, a servant of God” (Titus 1:1), “James, a servant of God” (James 1:1), “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:1), “Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:1). So, do you serve God or self?

Friday, October 19, 2018

The numbers 7001 through 7099 seem to not appear in the Bible but 7100 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 12:25, which says, “Of the children of Simeon, mighty men of valour for the war, seven thousand and one hundred.” Here, we see another tribe sending support for David when he was on the run from Saul. These were men of valor as well. They were fearless, bold, brave, and courageous. These are qualities that Christians out to have when coming from Satan’s side over to God’s side and becoming the defenders of righteousness and truth. Despite being outnumbered here on earth, we ought to still be fearless towards the enemy for Jesus says, “Fear not; I am the first and the last” (Revelation 1:17). We out to “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Overall, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Deuteronomy 31:6). So, when it comes to the spiritual warfare, are you a person of valor or not?

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The numbers 6721 through 6799 seem to not appear in the Bible but 6800 does and is found in 1 Kings 19:18, which says, “Yet I have left [me] seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.” Some servants of God feel they are all alone when in fact there are 7,000 that have not bowed the knee to false worship. However, of all the millions in Israel, 7,000 was not very much then nor is it very much today. Most Christian churches worship the world and not God despite using God’s name and even Jesus’ name. The mega churches are full of ministers promising Heaven while sinning. A number of those ministers promise a prosperous life now when every example in the Bible shows otherwise. And then we have Christians dressing like the world, eating and drinking like the world, watching the same raunchy content in movies and TV, listening to the same garbage music, and even using the same foul words. It is not about struggling to be an overcomer but the concern is that such is a way of life for them when it ought not be (John 17:15). That does not leave many true Christians, but are you one that has not given in or bowed to this modern-day Baal type worship and lifestyle, or are you one that has?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The numbers 6721 through 6799 seem to not appear in the Bible but 6800 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 12:24, which says, “The children of Judah that bare shield and spear [were] six thousand and eight hundred, ready armed to the war.” David is not yet king, yet he had a number of people from Judah in support of him. Right now, Satan seems to be in the majority with His faithful warriors. God is looking for His faithful warriors. There is no neutrality in this war “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]” (Ephesians 6:12). On whose side do you fight for? “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The numbers 6001 through 6719 seem to not appear in the Bible but 6720 does and is found in Ezra 2:67, which says, “Their camels, four hundred thirty and five; [their] asses, six thousand seven hundred and twenty.” If God took count of everything that left Babylon for Jerusalem, how much more do you think God counts spiritually as we leave spiritual Babylon and be part of His spiritual kingdom now?

Monday, October 15, 2018

The numbers 5401 through 5999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 6000 does and is found in Job 42:12, which says, “So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.” Job lost everything and was blessed in the end more abundantly, except losing children are not replaceable. This is an example of what Jesus said, “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life” (Matthew 19:29). So, are earthly riches and relationships more important than what Jesus has to offer, or are you not attached to those things that if you have to give up them you would?

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The numbers 5001 through 5399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 5400 does and is found in Ezra 1:11, which says, “All the vessels of gold and of silver [were] five thousand and four hundred. All [these] did Sheshbazzar bring up with [them of] the captivity that were brought up from Babylon unto Jerusalem.” The vessels of Jerusalem were not few, just as God’s last day vessels (people) will not be few either, however, in comparison to the rest of the world, it will be. What is 144,000 (Revelation 7:4) as compared to the nearly 8 billion people on this planet? The import part though is will you be part of that 144,000?

Friday, October 12, 2018

The numbers 4601 through 4999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 5000 does and is found in Acts 4:4, which says, “Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.” So, out of all of Israel and some gentile lands, only 5,000 believed on Jesus even after the resurrection. That is not very many. Yet today, we have, if one were to combine Catholics and Protestants together in number, over 2 billion, maybe even 3 billion Christians all thinking they are headed to Heaven. All of Israel thought the same thing in the days of the apostles. Could it be that the majority are not going to go? Jesus said, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). These are Christians because no one else would call Jesus “Lord, Lord”! And it is the many of them that even practiced miracles in His name. That scenario is the symbolic future of reality, even in our lifetime. And what makes the difference? These Christians continue in iniquity. That is not the accidental, caught off guard sin, but a way of life or acceptance of sinning. So, are you an iniquity committing Christian that will be surprised in the end, or “he that doeth the will of” Jesus’ “Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21), which is keeping the Ten Commandments (Psalms 40:8) by definition of the word “will”?

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The numbers 4501 through 4599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 4600 does and is found in Jeremiah 52:30, which says, “In the three and twentieth year of Nebuchadrezzar Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive of the Jews seven hundred forty and five persons: all the persons [were] four thousand and six hundred.” King of Babylon (confusion) led away captive 4600 people. Today, with the media, science falsely so called, false preachers that do not use the Bible properly, and even the one religious body that has gathered all nations and religions under her, billions are being led captive into confusion. So, are you wiling to biblically come out, or have you come out already?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The numbers 4001 through 4499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 4500 does and is found in Ezekiel 48:16, which says, “And these [shall be] the measures thereof; the north side four thousand and five hundred, and the south side four thousand and five hundred, and on the east side four thousand and five hundred, and the west side four thousand and five hundred.” According to Ezekiel 48:12, “And [this] oblation of the land that is offered shall be unto them a thing most holy by the border of the Levites.” Oblation means portion. And our portion of eternal life is concerned about our souls being holy (1 Peter 1:16) and being an instrument in the hands of God to helps others along (Matthew 28:19). So, are you handling your portion properly?

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

The numbers 3931 through 3999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 4000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 9:25, which says, “And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.” To have 4,000 stalls for what would appear to be 4,000 horses and chariots means wealth. Yet, the book of Proverbs shows the struggles that Solomon lived with where all that wealth was but foolishness (Proverbs 13:11). So, do you “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal” (Matthew 6:19), or do you “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” (Matthew 6:20)?

Monday, October 08, 2018

The numbers 3701 through 3929 seem to not appear in the Bible but 3930 does and is found in Nehemiah 7:38, which says, “The children of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred and thirty.” So, we meet this family again reminding us of being on guard against the “thorns” of the world that distract from duty to God. So, do you pray that the thorns shall be removed, or are you caught up in the distractions of the world impeding your duty to God in character development and in sharing the gospel?

Sunday, October 07, 2018

The numbers 3631 through 3699 seem to not appear in the Bible but 3700 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 12:27, “And Jehoiada [was] the leader of the Aaronites, and with him [were] three thousand and seven hundred.” Jehoiada means "Jehovah knows" while there is no meaning to Aaron. So, everything you go to do, do you keep in mind that Jehovah knows and even knows before we do it?

Friday, October 05, 2018

The numbers 3601 through 3629 seem to not appear in the Bible but 3630 does and is found in Ezra 2:35, “The children of Senaah, three thousand and six hundred and thirty.” Senaah means “thorny”, and that should remind us of Jesus’ parable. “He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful” (Matthew 13:22). Riches do not mean only money and objects. Riches can be the abundance of watching TV, going here and there unnecessarily, playing video games all day, so focused on non-profitable hobby, trying to compete in the business world, giving all your time to just being with friends and family, even being so involved in the social aspect of church being at every gathering and just being among believers, etc. So, do all of these things distract you from sharing the gospel and being fruitful?

Thursday, October 04, 2018

The numbers 3301 through 3599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 3600 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 2:2, which says, “And Solomon told out threescore and ten thousand men to bear burdens, and fourscore thousand to hew in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred to oversee them.” Again, we have another massive supervisor team to oversee the work. And there was a standard for the process – God’s expectation. Spiritually today, the standard is supposed to be the Word of God, and yet it seems the standard is the organization of humans. Too bad we do not have many true supervisors or we would all agree on the Word of God. Instead, we have 42,000 different Christian sects and denominations revealing there is no one standard yet God is one. So, what type of supervisor are you under? And if you are part of no organization, that means you are your own standard, which is not good either.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

It appears we missed a number earlier. It is the number 3023 found in Jeremiah 52:28, which says, “This [is] the people whom Nebuchadrezzar carried away captive: in the seventh year three thousand Jews and three and twenty.” And today, we are what are called spiritual Jews (Romans 2:28-29). And Babylon, the world of confusion, has carried many Christians away. So, has “anything goes” doctrine, the movies, the TV, other entertainment, sports, politics, and such carried you away from living a perfect Christian life as well as being involved in sharing the gospel?

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

The numbers 3201 through 3299 seem to not appear in the Bible but 3300 does and is found in 1 Kings 5:16, which says, “Beside the chief of Solomon's officers which [were] over the work, three thousand and three hundred, which ruled over the people that wrought in the work.” Solomon’s project was massive. To have 3300 managers means thousands of actual workers, but they got it done. Could you imagine if God had thousands of true Christians going forth with the gospel? The project outlined in Matthew 24:14 would be fulfilled in no time, which says, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” So, are you part of the preaching of the last day gospel as outlined in Revelation 14:6-12, or are you too busy with the things of the earth?

Monday, October 01, 2018

The numbers 3001 through 3199 seem to not appear in the Bible but 3200 does and is found in Numbers 4:44, which says, “Even those that were numbered of them after their families, were three thousand and two hundred.” This is the number of people in the house of “Merari” (Numbers 4:42), which means “bitter”. And we ought to be careful of being bitter ourselves. Jesus said, “So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses” (Matthew 18:35). So, are you bitter or holding a grudge against anyone?

Sunday, September 30, 2018

The numbers 2819 through 2999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 3000 does and is found in Joshua 7:3-4, “And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; [and] make not all the people to labour thither; for they [are but] few. So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai.” Over confidence in self leads to destruction. This is the beginning of finding out that one man, Achan, who disobeyed God’s orders, overthrow what seemed to be an easy victory, just like one sin in our lives can cause us to easily fall into other sins. So, have you cast out ALL of your sins by the grace of God, or are you listening to the lies that “no one is perfect”, “a little sin doesn’t matter”, “you’re mostly a good person”, ”God’s not going to keep me out of Heaven over one sin”, etc.?

Friday, September 28, 2018

The numbers 2813 through 2817 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2818 does and is found in Nehemiah 7:11, which says, “The children of Pahathmoab, of the children of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand and eight hundred [and] eighteen.” Again, we seem to have picked up 6 new members between Ezra’s counting and Nehemiah’s counting, but the message remains the same. Keep in mind that these are the people who left Babylon for Jerusalem. And from the definitions yesterday, we can also apply the fact that no matter how confused we have been in the past regarding God (Babylon), if we repent of our ways, God is willing to forgive us of all of it as if it never happened, and we shall receive His blessings (Jerusalem). Will you continue daily to repent of all of your ways that are not the ways of God?

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The numbers 2751 through 2811 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2812 does and is found in Ezra 2:6, which says, “The children of Pahathmoab, of the children of Jeshua [and] Joab, two thousand eight hundred and twelve.” Pahathmoab means "pit of Moab" while Jeshua means "he is saved". Remember, “Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods” (Numbers 25:1-2). So, the Moabites were not very godly people, however, their past was forgiven upon repentance for we see “he is saved” is mentioned in the verse. Therefore, no matter how vile your past may have been, you too can be saved. So, will you repent of your ways (Acts 17:30) and seek God with all of your heart (Mark 12:30)?

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The numbers 2701 through 2749 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2750 does and is found in Numbers 4:36, which says, “And those that were numbered of them by their families were two thousand seven hundred and fifty.” These are “the sons of the Kohathites after their families” (Numbers 4:34). And Kohath is one of “the sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari” (Genesis 46:11). And these are the priests that served in the temple (Numbers 3:6), so for us, we are to be “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9). And how are you doing on this high calling?

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The numbers 2631 through 2699 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2700 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 26:32, which says, “And his brethren, men of valour, [were] two thousand and seven hundred chief fathers, whom king David made rulers over the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, for every matter pertaining to God, and affairs of the king.” And to think, promised to us is, “Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities” (Luke 19:17). But are you a person of valor today to be considered for that position?

Monday, September 24, 2018

The numbers 2601 through 2629 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2630 does and is found in Numbers 4:40, which says, “Even those that were numbered of them, throughout their families, by the house of their fathers, were two thousand and six hundred and thirty.” These were “of the sons of Gershon” (Numbers 4:38), which means "foreigner". As for us, “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19). We are strangers and foreigners if we are sinning, which separates us from God. So, are you done being a foreigner?

Sunday, September 23, 2018

The numbers 2401 through 2599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2600 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 26:12, which says, “The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty men of valour [were] two thousand and six hundred.” Would it not be a great honor to be known as a person of valor, having great courage? Or are you afraid of what others would think if you were to walk so godly?

Friday, September 21, 2018

The numbers 2323 through 2399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2400 does and is found in Exodus 38:29, which says, “And the brass of the offering [was] seventy talents, and two thousand and four hundred shekels.” And what was this for? “This is the sum of the tabernacle, [even] of the tabernacle of testimony, as it was counted, according to the commandment of Moses, [for] the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, son to Aaron the priest” (Exodus 38:21). The tabernacle was definitely not lacking. In early days of the Christian Church, it was not lacking either for “Neither was there any among them that lacked” (Acts 4:34). But how is it today? Do you know anyone lacking in the church today?

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The numbers 2301 through 2321 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2322 does and is found in Nehemiah 7:17, which says, “The children of Azgad, two thousand three hundred twenty and two.” Looking over the history of our posts on this one, it seems twice we miscalculated the number but finally got it right now. We posted this at 222 and 1222. Here we are 2322. Some times numbers run together and then sometimes they do not. Meaning of verses do not change, but our math was a little off. Capitalizing on our mistake, just remember, a number is not without significance for “the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:30). And so, how much do you appreciate knowing God cares for you individually despite being part of nearly 8 billion people on this planet?

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The numbers 2073 through 2299 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2300 does and is found in Daniel 8:14, which says, “And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” To understand this prophecy, Daniel 9 tells us that 490 of those days (70 weeks) would be for the Jews to welcome in the Messiah, for Him to cause the sacrificial system to cease, and for the Jewish dispensation to end, which were 27 AD, 31 AD, and 34 AD respectively. Therefore, with a triple confirmation of those points bringing in a day for year principle that God has (Numbers 14:34, Ezekiel 4:6), the remaining 1,810 years brings us to 1844, when the books of Heaven (Daniel 7:10, Revelation 20:12) began to be cleansed. So, when God gets to your name, will your name be cleansed or blotted out of the Book of Life (Revelation 3:5), or will all of your sins be blotted out (Psalms 51:9, Acts 3:19)?

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The numbers 2068 through 2171 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2172 does and is found in Ezra 2:3, which says, “The children of Parosh, two thousand an hundred seventy and two.” What a name of Parosh! It means “flea”, as in, the bug. Now, looking up “flea” in the Bible, we discover David’s statement when Saul was chasing him. “Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the LORD: for the king of Israel is come out to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains” (1 Samuel 26:20). In the last days, true Christians “shall dwell on high: his place of defence [shall be] the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters [shall be] sure” (Isaiah 33:16). In other words, they shall be hunted just like David, who was considered a “flea” in the eyes of the “government”. But as Isaiah says, we will be taken care of by God if we trust in Him and His ways today. So, are you concerned about being chased like a flea, or is your trust in God?

Monday, September 17, 2018

The numbers 2057 through 2066 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2067 does and is found in Nehemiah 7:19, which says, “The children of Bigvai, two thousand threescore and seven.” Again, the difference of 11 in the count is because of the different times the count was done. Keep in mind, Ezra did not count the people on the same day as Nehemiah. But nonetheless, like yesterday, we are reminded that it is time as Jesus said, “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34). Denying himself is all of the ways of Babylon (worldly movies, TV, music, doctrines, and much more), and following Jesus is entering into New Jerusalem. So, how are you doing on your journey?

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The numbers 2001 through 2055 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2056 does and is found in Ezra 2:14, which says, “The children of Bigvai, two thousand fifty and six.” These are the people that left the captivity of Babylon and came to Jerusalem (Ezra 2:1). Bigvai has no known meaning, so we turn to the application of the plain verse. The world does hold people captive. The media and entertainment are programming people away from God and making those of God look like they are the ones out of place. People eat, drink, and live in manner completely different from what the Bible teaches and then wonder why they are not blessed of God, do not have a strong relationship with God, or seem to have so many problems. So, are you held captive by spiritual Babylon or have you come out into God’s kingdom instead called the New Jerusalem?

Friday, September 14, 2018

The numbers 1777 through 1999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2000 does and is found in Mark 5:13, which says, “And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.” A miracle of miracles just happened. To cast out all of those demons into 2,000 swine, which are unclean animals to begin with, which means that they are not good for food, is not even thought of as compared to the loss of income due to the deaths of those swine. This is what prompted the pig owners towards Jesus “to pray him to depart out of their coasts.” (Mark 5:17). So, do you consider the financial setback of making the proper spiritual decisions, or do you let the consequences in God’s hands and always choose the spiritual pathway?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The numbers 1761 through 1774 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1775 does and is found in Exodus 38:25, which says, “And the silver of them that were numbered of the congregation [was] an hundred talents, and a thousand seven hundred and threescore and fifteen shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary.” This was for the sanctuary service in the desert. The tabernacle did not lack at all. Today, the needs of service are more invisible as it distributes literature, broadcasts messages, and more. But is your congregation lacking or does it have sufficient belongings to operate successfully

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The numbers 1701 through 1759 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1760 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 9:13, which says, “And their brethren, heads of the house of their fathers, a thousand and seven hundred and threescore; very able men for the work of the service of the house of God.” The purpose of this number is based upon 1 Chronicles 9:1, which says, “So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies; and, behold, they [were] written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah, [who] were carried away to Babylon for their transgression.” That is a lot of priests, but today, that has no direct connection as Jesus is now our Priest even the “High Priest” (Hebrews 4:14), however, indirectly it does. “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9). So, how are you doing living up to your royal priesthood calling?

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The numbers 1601 through 1699 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1700 does and is found in Judges 8:26, which says, “And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred [shekels] of gold; beside ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that [was] on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that [were] about their camels' necks.” And what was done with all of that? “And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, [even] in Ophrah: and all Israel went thither a whoring after it: which thing became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house” (Judges 8:27). How sad for the hero who led only 300 to go up against the Midianites by the hand of God! But what of ourselves? Do you draw attention to yourself for the use of the God given ability, or do you glorify God in all that you do?

Monday, September 10, 2018

The numbers 1401 through 1599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1600 does and is found in Revelation 14:20, which says, “And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand [and] six hundred furlongs.” In other words, at the second coming, “broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” (Matthew 7:13). So, are you part of living for “strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14), or will you be part of the slaughtered? Remember, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22), which sinning or breaking the law of God (1 John 3:4) is the works of iniquity.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

The numbers 1366 through 1399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1400 does and is found in 1 Kings 10:26, which says, “And Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he bestowed in the cities for chariots, and with the king at Jerusalem.” King Solomon had great wealth and yet was very much unhappy with his life. How much do you desire wealth thinking it will bring you happiness?

Friday, September 07, 2018

The numbers 1336 through 1364 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1365 does and is found in Numbers 3:49-50, which says, “And Moses took the redemption money of them that were over and above them that were redeemed by the Levites: Of the firstborn of the children of Israel took he the money; a thousand three hundred and threescore and five [shekels], after the shekel of the sanctuary.” The Levites were the group of people that were to perform priestly duties and live among all of the tribes of Israel. Today, “ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people” (1 Peter 2:9), and we are scattered around the world not calling this place our home but are “strangers and pilgrims” (1 Peter 2:11). So, how well are you living up to your priestly calling?

Thursday, September 06, 2018

The numbers 1291 through 1334 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1335 does and is found in Daniel 12:12, which says, “Blessed [is] he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.” Continuing from yesterday in which 508 was the year Jesus’ one sacrifice of Himself was replaced by the human replacement called the Catholic mass in which Jesus is sacrificed over and over, we count using the day for a year principle of God (Numbers 14:34) 1,335 years to the year 1843, a blessed time in which the Second Great Awakening was anticipating the return of Jesus. That message “was in my mouth sweet as honey” (Revelation 10:10), but of course Jesus did not come and therefore “as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter” (Revelation 10:10). The blessed experience, though the expected event was wrong, was well predicted line upon line of Revelation chapter 10. However, that experience did not remain bitter. For the faithful, those firm in the Word of God, “they must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings” (Revelation 10:11). So, are you part of this group who go forth with the proper understanding of Daniel 8:14, the timeline that pointed to a great event in 1844 marking the last day warning message of a judgment hour (Revelation 14:7), or do you carelessly trudge through life day after day expecting each day to just be full of life’s challenges without anything really spectacularly changing?

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

The numbers 1261 through 1289 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1290 does and is found in Daniel 12:11, which says, “And from the time [that] the daily [sacrifice] shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, [there shall be] a thousand two hundred and ninety days.” Again, using God’s day for a year principle (Numbers 14:34), this is actually a 1,290 year prophecy. According to Hebrews 10:12, the Bible says, “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God”, and yet, at every Catholic church service, called the mass, Jesus is sacrificed over and over. This was instituted in 508 B.C. and when the Vatican lost its power in 1798, it marked the official rejection of such institution completing the 1,290-year period. That service continues to this day and Protestants are leaving their protest and joining interest in celebrating something that rejects the one sacrifice for all. Are you part of that antichrist movement that rejects Christ’s single sacrifice being sufficient, or do you reject the mass instead?

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

The numbers 1255 through 1259 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1260 does and is found in Revelation 12:6, which says, “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days.” The woman represents not a person such as Mary but the church as a whole comparing Isaiah 51:16 to Jeremiah 6:2. In addition to that symbol, God has an “each day for a year” (Numbers 14:34) principle. Therefore, the church would go into protective and hidden security away from the persecutions, especially of those between 538 and 1798 when the main ruling religion persecuted anyone in defiance of her. This resistance would be known as the Protestant movement who chose to follow the Bible and not man-made rules. So, what do you follow? A church with its own rules or God’s doctrines?

Monday, September 03, 2018

The numbers 1248 through 1253 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1254 does and is found in Ezra 2:7, which says, “The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four.” Elam means “eternity”, and “To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life” (Romans 2:7). A sign that people are seeking eternal life each day feasting on the daily bread is to spend a thoughtful hour each day in His Word and sharing the gospel with others. So, are you seeking after eternal life, or are you too caught up in the things and ways of this world and are too busy for improving one’s relationship with God as well as being indifferent towards others and their standing regarding eternal life?

Sunday, September 02, 2018

The numbers 1223 through 1246 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1247 does and is found in Ezra 2:38, which says, “The children of Pashur, a thousand two hundred forty and seven.” Pashur means “freedom”. And Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin” (John 8:34). “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). So, have you been set free from sin, or are you still in bondage?

Friday, August 31, 2018

The numbers 1061 through 1221 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1222 does and is found in Ezra 2:12, which says, “The children of Azgad, a thousand two hundred twenty and two.” Azgad means “Gad is mighty". And just who made Gad mighty? God. All of the capabilities we have is from God. The question is however, do you use those capabilities that you have to bring glory to God or self?

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The numbers 1053 through 1059 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1060 does and is found in Numbers 31:34, which says, “And threescore and one thousand asses.” This was part of the “booty” collected after following the command of God, which said, “Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites” (Numbers 31:2). No one said that following the command of God is always a sacrifice. In fact, remember, obeying God now while appearing to lose everything here gains great rewards in the life after. So, will you consider the reward of Heaven greater riches than what this world has to offer?

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The numbers 1018 through 1051 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1052 does and is found in Ezra 2:37, which says, “The children of Immer, a thousand fifty and two.” We have no meaning for Immer, so we rely upon the fact that this serves as a continuous reminder, we need to leave all the false doctrines, all the worldly ways, which constitute Babylon, and live as Jesus taught heading to the heavenly New Jerusalem. “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil” (John 17:15). So, are you being kept from the evil, or are you claiming grace allows indulgence in the world?

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The numbers 1006 through 1016 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1017 does and is found in Ezra 2:39, which says, “The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.” Harim means “dedicated”. Dedication is not just looking good at church. Dedication is not just praying quick prayers. Dedication is not just joining the side of God when the majority agree. Dedication is being a Christian all of the time and spending significant time each day, minimum of an hour, in prayer and Bible study. So, are you dedicated to God or just when it fits the moment?

Monday, August 27, 2018

The numbers 1001 through 1004 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1,005 does and is found in 1 Kings 4:32, which says, “And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.” According to 1 Kings 4:30, Solomon is the person identified here. It is amazing to have 1,005 songs! Most hymnals are constructed by multiple sources. No one person has 1,005 hymns in a hymnal, yet Solomon was able to construct such on his own. So, at one point, Solomon had a very deep relationship with God. How close is your relationship? Is it very spiritual or just formal? Or do you only talk to God in time of need?

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The numbers 974 through 999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1,000 does and one place that it is found is in Revelation 20:2-7, which says, “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This [is] the first resurrection. Blessed and holy [is] he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom [is] as the sand of the sea.” The earth is only about 6,000 years old. The seventh thousandth year spoken of here is the coming millennium where the earth shall have a Sabbath rest. Satan will be locked up. All those not going to Heaven will have been slain. All those that were in the graves come up and joined the living, “Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17). After that, all of us return in the city, New Jerusalem. Satan is able to tempt once again because the dead that are not in Christ rise for one final attempt to overtake the righteous. “They went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them” (Revelation 20:9). And then eternity begins without interruption from sin or Satan. Are you looking forward to the true millennium in Heaven, or are you thinking it is a period of time that we get to rule the lost as slaves on this planet and the earth receives no rest?

Friday, August 24, 2018

The numbers 970 through 972 seem to not appear in the Bible but 973 does and is found in Ezra 2:36 and Nehemiah 7:39, which says, “The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred seventy and three.” Jedaiah means “Jehovah has known” while Jeshua means "he is saved". Since God knows everything, including every sin we ever have committed, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”, and then God’s created and redeemed being is saved. So, will you confess and forsake all of your sins by the grace and divine power of God so “that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2 Peter 3:14)?

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The numbers 963 through 968 seem to not appear in the Bible but 969 does and is found in Genesis 5:27, which says, “And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.” This shows the long suffering or patience with God (2 Peter 3:9). When Methuselah died, the flood came, therefore not wanting any to “perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9), God sustained Methuselah to be the longest living person ever. So, just how patient is God with you? Have you made a complete surrender to Him?

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The numbers 957 through 961 seem to not appear in the Bible but 962 does and is found in Genesis 5:20, which says, “And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.” Jared is the father of Enoch, who ended up in Heaven without seeing death. I wonder what Jared thought of that day? By now, Jared had experienced death of family members. Adam was no longer living and quite a few other relatives were no longer living, and then one day, Enoch disappears. It is not like Enoch announced his departure. There was no known kidnapping ring at the time. Yet, Jared must have known that his son was special. Maybe a messenger from Heaven informed Jared. Only God knows at this time. But how special would it be to raise a child to God? If you are a parent, do you “Train up a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6)?

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The numbers 951 through 956 seem to not appear in the Bible but 956 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 9:9, which says, “And their brethren, according to their generations, nine hundred and fifty and six. All these men [were] chief of the fathers in the house of their fathers.” According to 1 Chronicles 9:1, the Bible says, “So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies; and, behold, they [were] written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah, [who] were carried away to Babylon for their transgression.” As we see, the “chief of the fathers” were involved in misleading God’s people and it shows that today the parallel of church leaders leading people once again into transgression. Just because people are in leadership does not mean they are leading people towards spiritual Israel. They are actually leading people into transgression which leads people into the world. Look at today’s Christians as compared to just 60 years ago. Back then people knew Christian from non-Christian. Today, there is no difference because the leadership has dressed down the church, changed the language, made people to fit into Babylon (worldly ways), and transgressed the commandments all in the name of grace. So, are you falling for that garbage or are you living according to God’s commandments, statutes, and precepts?

Monday, August 20, 2018

The numbers 946 through 949 seem to not appear in the Bible but 950 does and is found in Genesis 9:29, which says, “And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.” Doctors state that a stressful life shortens one’s life, and that is true, however, despite stress in one’s life, such does not have to cause one to stress if they have a proper relationship with Jesus. And a stressful life is exactly what Noah had. He had the responsibility of building an ark (not just a boat), prepared for a rainstorm in which not a single storm had ever happened in the past so he was well ridiculed, had the lone responsibility to preach the saving gospel message for 120 years with 0 results, witnessed the death of the entire population minus his three sons and all of the wives, experienced 150 days at sea with food rations being limited, and faced starting life over again from just the 8 of them. So, what has you stressed out that you cannot handle or surrender to Jesus?

Sunday, August 19, 2018

The numbers 931 through 944 seem to not appear in the Bible but 945 does and is found in Ezra 2:8, “The children of Zattu, nine hundred forty and five.” Zattu seems to have no translated meaning, therefore we are left with just the fact that another family has left Babylon for Jerusalem just as we ought to leave what John describes as Babylon for spiritual Jerusalem. We must leave our worldly ways, our unscriptural beliefs, and even our friends and family to be wholly committed to Christ. “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:37). Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God (James 4:4). So, have you left those things for God, or are you still trying to “serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24)?

Friday, August 17, 2018

The number 929 seems to not appear in the Bible but 930 does and is found in Genesis 5:5, which says, “And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.” And yes, 930 years is literal and not an exaggeration of time, for that would be a lie. Adam was created to live forever. It took a while to corrupt his body in a perfect environment to the point of death. Today, they say there is no clean water and no clean air. That may be true, but Adam had perfect air, perfect water, perfect food (untainted by human technology), and perfect everything other than sin was now in the world causing things to die. In fact, today we look forward to autumn and the change in the leaf color on the trees. In Adam’s day, it was a funeral moment when the first leaf died. So, how much do you appreciate what little life you are given on this planet? Do you live it to see what you can get out of life, or do you live it to see what service you can do for Christ’s sake?

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The numbers 913 through 927 seem to not appear in the Bible but 928 does and is found in Nehemiah 11:8, which says, “And after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine hundred twenty and eight.” Gabbai means “my back”, and Sallai means “weighed”. Did you know that the weight of the world rested upon Jesus? It is true because “he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world” (1 John 2:2). One may think they are carrying the weight of the world on their backs but nothing compares to what Jesus carried -- He sweat blood over it (Luke 22:44). How much do you sweat over your concerns?

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The number 911 seems to not appear in the Bible but 912 does and is found in Genesis 5:8, which says, “And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.” Seth means “compensation”, which the loss of Abel and technically Cain too, never really can compensate completely for every child is unique, but just when hope of a righteous bloodline seemed to die after Abel’s death, Seth is now the start of the righteous bloodline of which we are also physically descended from as we are all related to Noah. However, each of us have the freedom of choice, and so we are not considered of the bloodline spiritually until we choose the righteous path. So, what is your choice?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The numbers 906 through 909 seem to not appear in the Bible but 910 does and is found in Genesis 5:14, which says, “And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.” As a reminder, Cainan means “possession” and we are to be God’s possessions – not Satan’s. Who’s are you?

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The numbers 896 through 899 seem to not appear in the Bible but 900 does and is found in Judges 4:3, which says, “And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.” The context is, “And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, when Ehud was dead. And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host [was] Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles” (Judges 4:1-2). So, it was a type of punishment. Today, many Christians are concerned about the antichrist, but in reality, it is nothing new. Antichrist wages war with true Christians (Revelation 17:6) because Christianity in general has done evil in the sight of God by carelessly sinning and teaching others to sin as well. But, are you part of the reason why Christianity is going to be punished in the end, or are you a defender of God’s Word by living it?

Friday, August 10, 2018

The numbers 846 through 894 seem to not appear in the Bible but 895 does and is found in Genesis 5:17, which says, “And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.” Interestingly, other than a specific purpose of Lamech living 777 years, Mahalaleel is considered on the short amount of time of those that lived before the flood. Yes, those numbers of 777 are significant because 7 represents completion as well as perfection and triple that number is very much a specific holy perfected plan that came to completion. Regarding the 895, we may look at it as super long but when all of the other relatives lived into the 900’s, something appears to have shortened this man’s life. Unlike then, today 90 seems near impossible to obtain but for those that live according to God’s health plan, 90’s are usually easily obtained. More importantly, the quality of life is much better. So, have you considered God’s health plan? God does desire us to “prosper and be in health” (2 John 1:2).

Thursday, August 09, 2018

The numbers 841 through 844 seem to not appear in the Bible but 845 does and is found in Nehemiah 7:13, which says, “The children of Zattu, eight hundred forty and five.” Zattu has no translated meaning so looking at this verse as is, we simply remind everyone that this journey from Babylon back to Jerusalem is applicable to us today. Spiritually speaking, there is a heavenly Jerusalem that we are to journey to. Babylon is this world of confusing doctrines and supposed scientific evidence that contradict the Bible not only in regards to creation week and the age of the planet but in child rearing, social interaction, pharmaceuticals, and much more. We need to come out of all of that and live according to God’s Word. In fact, there is a last day call for such. “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies” (Revelation 18:2-3). “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4). So, will you come out of Babylon?

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

The numbers 833 through 839 seem to not appear in the Bible but 840 does and is found in Genesis 5:13, which says, “And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters.” Cainan means "possession" while Mahalaleel means "praise of God". And as created and even redeemed beings, we are His possession and not Satan’s, but who do you praise with your actions and even your thoughts, God or Satan?

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

The number 831 seems to not appear in the Bible but 832 does and is found in Jeremiah 52:29, which says, “In the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar he carried away captive from Jerusalem eight hundred thirty and two persons.” Of course, many were slain, but overall, very few were left behind. In the last days, spiritual Babylon, made up of mostly protestants teaching for doctrines of men, will do the same thing in which “as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Revelation 13:15). So, are you going along with the “common good” doctrine made from men, or are you staying true to the Word of God?

Monday, August 06, 2018

The numbers 823 through 829 seem to not appear in the Bible but 830 does and is found in Genesis 5:16, which says, “And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters.” Mahalaleel means "praise of God", while Jered or Jared means "descent". And we do praise God for the righteous line of godly men but the world was descending generation after generation until “the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they [were] fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose” (Genesis 6:2). And look at us now. Since the cross, we have descended to the point that Christ’s teachings are hardly recognizable in anyone, let alone a church. So, are you part of a spiritual godly line living according to His Word and not just playing church?

Sunday, August 05, 2018

The numbers 816 through 821 seem to not appear in the Bible but 822 does and is found in Nehemiah 11:12, which says, “And their brethren that did the work of the house [were] eight hundred twenty and two: and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of Pashur, the son of Malchiah.” Adaiah means "Jehovah has adorned Himself"; Jeroham means "showing pity"; Pelaliah means "Jehovah has judged"; Amzi means "my strength"; Zechariah means "Jehovah remembers"; Pashur means "freedom"; and Malchijah or Malchiah means "my king is Jehovah". Just as Israel was judged in the days of old, so it will be at the end of time: “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11). And it was and it will be by His strength that God did and will remember His people and deliver them. As ancient Israel was freed from Babylon, so the same shall be in the last days symbolically also referred to as Babylon throughout the book of Revelation. And as Jehovah was recognized as king back then, “it shall be said in that day, Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation” (Isaiah 25:9). And all the while God has pity upon us or He would never have sent His Son and through His son, He will adorn Himself. “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh [himself] with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth [herself] with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10). So, are you willing to be set from this world, be judged for Heaven, and adorn Jehovah?

Friday, August 03, 2018

After yesterday’s 807 verse, the numbers 808 through 814 seem to not appear in the Bible but 815 does and is found in Genesis 5:10, which says, “And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters.” Enos means “man” while Cainan means “possession” and one day we, as humans, will possess “the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him” (James 2:5). And love is defined by Jesus as, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15), as well as, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21). No wonder the Bible says, “Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city” (Revelation 22:14). So, are you keeping the commandments as a proper response to the gift given to you?

Thursday, August 02, 2018

The numbers 801 through 807 seem to not appear in the Bible but 800 does and is found in Genesis 5:7, which says, “And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.” Seth, after Abel was murdered, became the righteous blood line. Do take note that each generation appears to identify only one child or very few children by name while the others are mentioned as sons and daughters. The sad reality of things, like Cain, each person has the freedom to choose a righteous life or an unrighteous life, even if born into a righteous family. Birth into a certain lineage means nothing. The Jews tried to pull that one and did not get away with it. “We be Abraham's seed” (John 8:33), they claimed, while Jesus said, “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin” (John 8:34). So, do you choose to live the righteous lifestyle, or the worldly one?

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

The numbers 783 through 799 seem to not appear in the Bible but 800 does and is found in Genesis 5:4, which says, “And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters.” Adding the prior verse of 130 years that means that Adam lived 930 years in total. These numbers are not exaggerated since the same writer, Moses, was accurate with ages closer to his own time. And no, Moses did not simply record what he was told, and so it was not just Moses taking upon himself the responsibility of recording that which was passed down from generation to generation. That is because “holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:21). So, do you believe the Bible had special inspiration, or exaggerated details contradicting, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” (Exodus 20:16)?

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The numbers 776 through 781 seem to not appear in the Bible but 782 does and is found in Genesis 5:26, which says, “And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters.” Methuselah, named specifically in identifying the year of the flood, may have lived until the flood, but it is curious to know what happened to all of his sons and daughters. Lamech, one of his sons, begat Noah (Genesis 5:28-29) and also had sons and daughters. Surely, they lived until the flood but neither Noah’s siblings nor his aunts and uncles, let alone his parents, are mentioned. It is assumed that Lamech had died beforehand because of being part of the godly line. Surely, he would have gotten aboard if he were still alive. Nonetheless, what of ourselves? Jesus is coming very, very soon. Are you working for your children, siblings, parents, and other relatives, let alone your neighbors? Are you being a faithful Noah in this day? Or, do you let their fate completely in their hands without giving warning? Remember, “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand” (Ezekiel 3:18). And wickedness is not like a Hitler type but rather anyone not living godly. And God has told each one of us to go and tell them the warning message in the form of, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 19:19).

Monday, July 30, 2018

The number 776 seems to not appear in the Bible but 777 does and is found in Genesis 5:31, which says, “And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.” Lamech, the father of Noah, means “powerful”. And “The voice of the LORD [is] powerful; the voice of the LORD [is] full of majesty” (Psalms 29:4). So, do you listen to God’s voice, or do you have “a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5)?

Sunday, July 29, 2018

The numbers 743 through 774 seem to not appear in the Bible but 775 does and is found in Ezra 2:5, which says, “The children of Arah, seven hundred seventy and five.” Arah means traveler. And where we can apply these meanings to God, we are to do so because obedient Hebrew naming of children in the Bible always glorified God. And when it comes to the word “traveler”, the Bible says, “For the goodman [is] not at home, he is gone a long journey” (Proverbs 7:19), referring to Jesus, but do realize that Jesus also said, “I will come again” (John 14:3). Are you ready for Him to come?

Friday, July 27, 2018

The numbers 737 through 742 seem to not appear in the Bible but 743 does and is found in both Ezra 2:25, which says, “The children of Kirjatharim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty and three”, and Nehemiah 7:29, which says, “The men of Kirjathjearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred forty and three.” These left Babylon for Jerusalem according to Ezra 2:1 and Nehemiah 7:6. Kirjathjearim means "city of forests"; Chephirah means "lioness"; and Beeroth means "wells". Regarding these things, “the LORD [is] thy shade upon thy right hand” (Psalms 121:5), which a forest would provide. With Jesus, He said, “the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14). And in regards to the lioness, which is actually the instrument a lion uses to kill the prey while a lion benefits from the results thereof, this is a symbol of the church, the bride (Revelation 22:17), that is the instrument in the Lion’s or Jesus’ hands (Amos 3:8). So, do you depend upon God for protection from the scorching sun or heat of the day, which is from all of the worldliness? Do you have that living water within you springing up? And are you an active instrument in God’s hands conquering the world (Romans 8:37) to save souls?

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Our mistake with yesterday’s statement. It seems 730 does exist and is found in Exodus 38:24, which says, “All the gold that was occupied for the work in all the work of the holy [place], even the gold of the offering, was twenty and nine talents, and seven hundred and thirty shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary.” Here we see the formation of the holy place in which it took a lot of gold to make which means to become holy ourselves takes a lot of faith as well, but too many cannot see that far. They say, “There’s no way I could…”, and then they do not exercise any faith and stay as they are. But when Jesus told people and even tells people today, “go, and sin no more”, it means that it is possible. So, how much faith do you have?

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The numbers 726 through 735 seem to not appear in the Bible but 736 does and is found in Ezra 2:66, which says, “Their horses [were] seven hundred thirty and six; their mules, two hundred forty and five.” Here we see that even animals were counted. So, how accurate are you in your inventory of things, especially spiritually? Do you dismiss the little things?

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The numbers 722 through 724 seem to not appear in the Bible but 725 does and is found in Ezra 2:33, which says, “The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty and five.” Again, the difference between yesterday’s verse count and today’s verse count is all in the timing. Nehemiah and Ezra did not count people on the same day. Yesterday, the meanings of the names told us that there would be a generation that would be sharp and vigorous, especially in the Word of God. Extending that thought today, we realize that if a person is knowledgeable in the Word of God that they are carrying a tool that is sharper than a two-edged sword “For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). So, do you carry such a tool or are you without a sword despite Jesus saying, “he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one” (Luke 22:36)?

Monday, July 23, 2018

The numbers 701 through 720 seem to not appear in the Bible but 721 does and is found in Nehemiah 7:37, which says, “The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty and one.” These people left Babylon for Jerusalem. By using the Bible Lexicon or dictionary, Lod means “generation”; Hadid means “sharp”; and Ono means “vigorous”. Being a generation that is sharp and vigorous is quite aware or “watchful” while being strong, as in, “strong in the Lord.” This generation would be successful in guarding against the evils or what is known as creeping compromise. So, are you sharp to detect such compromise on truth and strong in God’s Word, or are you a weak Christian who hardly opens up God’s Word and just goes along with popular beliefs?

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The numbers 691 through 699 seem to not appear in the Bible but 800 does and is found in 1 Kings 11:3, which says, “And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.” This verse was regarding the lifestyle of King Solomon. Though he married for diplomatic purposes for he thought a country would not attack Israel if a high-ranking daughter of their country were the wife of the King of Israel, right? Even in this scenario, God does not sanction polygomy. Well, the end result was that his wives, who were permitted their pagan practices with their personal temples inside Israel, were allowed to turn away his heart from God. And today, we have the same thing in the Christian community. Hardly a Christian believes “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). As Christians mingle with other religions and try to be friends with them, Christianity has now allowed yoga to influence, mind blanking meditation to enter in, and of course the belief that all roads leading to the same God. Basically, Christianity spiritually has done the same thing, turned away their hearts from God, Who demands the “whole heart” (Jeremiah 32:41). Are you one of them, or do you adhere to the belief that Jesus (Christianity) is the one true way?

Friday, July 20, 2018

The numbers 676 through 689 seem to not appear in the Bible but 690 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 9:6, which says, “And of the sons of Zerah; Jeuel, and their brethren, six hundred and ninety.” In the context, the Bible says, “So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies; and, behold, they [were] written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah, [who] were carried away to Babylon for their transgression” (1 Chronicles 9:1). Zerah means rising while Jeuel means “God sweeps away”. So, as Babylon rose up against Israel, God used Babylon to sweep them away. One could also say that God rose up in judgment against Israel. Either way, Babylon swept them away. Likewise, the Bible describes spiritual Babylon rises up in the last day consisting of unsound doctrine, confusing doctrine, acceptance of sins (2 Timothy 3:1-5) in the church, becoming one world movement of religion, and much more. This is because the hearts of many Christians still want to live in disobedience. Are you one of them, or do you remain faithful to God’s Word and His commandments (2 Timothy 3:16-17)?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The numbers 668 through 674 seem to not appear in the Bible but 675 does and is found in Numbers 31:37, which says, “And the LORD'S tribute of the sheep was six hundred and threescore and fifteen.” This is the portion of just the sheep that became the Lord’s after Israel decimated the Midianites. And we ought to realize that we ought to keep God in mind in all things that we receive. His portion is called tithe. Jesus said, “But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone” (Luke 11:42). Jesus’ words did not do a way with the tithe or tenth of all that we are increased by but rather to also include judgment and the love of God in all things. This not only includes income from a job but it also includes gifts received. So, do you give God His portion of your increase?

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The number 667 is found in Nehemiah 7:18, which says, “The children of Adonikam, six hundred threescore and seven.” Adonikam means "my lord arose", and arose does not refer to Jesus rising from the tomb, though He did rise. This refers to taking action, such as it being time to have left Babylon for Jerusalem, therefore, He inspired His prophets to lead. And action He shall take again near the end of time. As the enforcement that will “cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Revelation 13:15), “at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book” (Daniel 12:1). He will declare, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11). So, will Jesus arise in your favor?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The numbers 656 through 665 seem to not appear in the Bible but 666 does and is found in Revelation 13:18, which says, “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six.” The famous 666 is not just anybody’s name adding up to 666 to be considered the antichrist. For instance, Ronald Wilson Reagan was once accused of being such because of 6 letters in each of his names. Basically, some languages have numbers associated with the letters and some do not. For instance, in the United States, our alphabet and numerical systems are separate, while the more popular Roman alphabet and numerical systems are integrated. That is where the phrase “the number of his name is…” comes from – an integrated system of letters and numbers. A “V”, for instance, in a Roman’s name is also 5 on the number scale, and when one adds up those numbers, 666 is the concerned name. So, do you calculate 666 properly or not?

Monday, July 16, 2018

The numbers 653 and 654 seem to not seem appear in the Bible but 655 does and is found in Nehemiah 7:20, which says, “The children of Adin, six hundred fifty and five.” Adin means “delicate”, as we learned before when Adin’s name came up. As a reminder, the symbol of a delicate woman in the Bible, ad depicted in Revelation 12, says, “I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate [woman]” (Jeremiah 6:2). And “Zion, Thou [art] my people” (Isaiah 51:16). So, are you part of God’s people or are you part of the symbolic woman that is a harlot (like Revelation 17), representing leaving the Word of God and still calling one’s self a Christian?

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The number 651 does not seem to appear in the Bible but 652 does and is found in Nehemiah 7:10, which says, “The children of Arah, six hundred fifty and two.” Arah means “traveler” and fits in well with traveling from the captivity of Babylon towards Jerusalem just like we are to be traveling from spiritual Babylon (worldly ways and confusing doctrines) towards the New Jerusalem, which is in Heaven. “Dearly beloved, I beseech [you] as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by [your] good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation” (1 Peter 2:11-12). So, are you on the journey or are you still enjoying Babylon?

Friday, July 13, 2018

The number 649 does not seem to appear in the Bible but 650 does and is found in Ezra 8:26, which says, “I even weighed unto their hand six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels an hundred talents, [and] of gold an hundred talents.” This is what each of the twelve priests were to carry into Jerusalem, into the temple. Much was entrusted to these priests who were expected to be faithful. Jesu said, “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much” (Luke 16:10). So, how faithful are you in what has been entrusted to you, like having a godly character?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The numbers 643 through 647 seem to not appear in the Bible but 648 does and is found in Nehemiah 7:15, which says, “The children of Binnui, six hundred forty and eight.” Again, Binnui means “built up”. And as per prior references, the item that needs built up is the Ten Commandments, specifically the true Sabbath day (Isaiah 58:12-14) for antichrist will “think to change times and laws” (Daniel 7:25) but not be able to. And protestants go along with it by just throwing it all away. The only commandment dealing with time is the Sabbath. So, are you a person building up the commandments or tearing them down? Are the commandments just a symbol or a way of life for you?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The numbers 629 through 641 seem to not appear in the Bible but 642 does and is found in Ezra 2:10, which says, “The children of Bani, six hundred forty and two.” Bani means “built”, which is part of the instructions given to the people for leaving Babylon and head over to Jerusalem: “Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times” (Daniel 9:25). We too have the same command. The Sabbath commandment has been broken down, and we are commanded to be a “The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in” (Isaiah 58:12); we are to build up the Sabbath. That is what constitutes being part of modern day Israel, which is spiritual today. Either “we establish the law” (Romans 3:31) or tear it down. So, are you part of spiritual Israel building up the law or are you still in Babylon (confusing doctrines) tearing down the law?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The numbers 624 through 627 seem to not appear in the Bible but 628 does and is found in Nehemiah 7:16, which says, “The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and eight.” So, between the two numberings, five more children were born, referring to the verse yesterday regarding the children of Bebai when only 623 were counted. That led into realizing that this world would eventually become void, just like the name provided. Since that is the case, where are the saints during this time? “In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also” (John 14:2-3). “We which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17). There is no millennium on earth seeing it will be uninhabitable, but rather when Jesus comes, we are caught up into the cloud for which He returns on (Acts 1:11, Revelation 14:14) and taken to our mansions. So, are you fooled into believing there is existence on this earth after the second coming, or are you looking forward to the space journey to the heavenly mansions?

Monday, July 09, 2018

The number 622 seems to not appear in the Bible but 623 does and is found in Ezra 2:11, “The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and three.” Bebai appears to mean “void” or “empty”, which is much like what this world will be turned into when Jesus returns. “I beheld the earth, and, lo, [it was] without form, and void; and the heavens, and they [had] no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and, lo, [there was] no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place [was] a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, [and] by his fierce anger. For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end” (Jeremiah 4:23-27). This world will definitely be uninhabitable, unlike what many ministers are teaching. They are teaching a millennium of peace on earth coming soon, and that is not true. So, are you deceived into a false expectation, or are you looking forward to the true millennium?

Sunday, July 08, 2018

The numbers 601 through 620 seem to not appear in the Bible but 621 does and is found in Ezra 2:26, which says, “The children of Ramah and Gaba, six hundred twenty and one.” Ramah and Gaba both mean “hill”. Just like the dream given to Pharaoh twice in the day of Joseph, likewise the same purpose is placed upon the double use of the word “hill”. “And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; [it is] because the thing [is] established by God” (Genesis 41:32). And seeing Ramah is connected with events with Jesus’ birth (Matthew 2:18), the most important hill connected with Jesus that was established and could not change even by the request of the Son of God pleading for the cup to be removed but only if it be in the Father’s will (Mark 14:36) is none other than Calvary, also known as Golgotha. And Jesus “being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8). There was the established purpose that was set and “was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (2 Timothy 1:9). So, how much do you appreciate what took place upon that most significant hill?

Friday, July 06, 2018

The numbers 596 through 599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 600 does and is found in Genesis 7:6, which says, “And Noah [was] six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.” Many criticize the flood account as simply being an exaggeration of a localized flood. First, any exaggeration is a lie and that means such goes against the principles of godliness that is trying to be promoted. Second, Jesus Himself referred to the flood declaring all the world, except those in the ark, were drowned (Matthew 24:38-39). Peter refers to the account as well telling that, again, only 8 people of the entire world were saved (1 Peter 3:20). So, does your belief agree with Moses, who wrote Genesis and Exodus, which contains the Ten Commandments that forbids all false witnessing? Does your belief agree with Jesus and Peter as well? Or, do you still disagree with the Bible accounts, as well as, 300 other resources recording a worldwide flood?

Thursday, July 05, 2018

The numbers 551 through 594 seem to not appear in the Bible but 595 does and is found in Genesis 5:30, which says, “And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters.” This may seem like an exaggerated number, but remember, exaggerations are lies. And the same man that was commanded, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” (Exodus 20:16), would not have penned a purposeful exaggeration. Also, the same man did know the ages of others that society does accept, meaning, Moses used the same measurement of time and did not calculate a few weeks as years in the beginning of Genesis while at the end counting longer periods of time as years. So, do you accept the Bible accuracy of lifespans or do you count it as error, which makes the whole book, including eternal life, suspect?

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

The numbers 531 through 549 seem to not appear in the Bible but 550 does and is found in 1 Kings 9:23, which says, “These [were] the chief of the officers that [were] over Solomon's work, five hundred and fifty, which bare rule over the people that wrought in the work.” This reveals the huge undertaking of building up Solomon’s temple. To have 550 officers or supervisors is a lot plus who knows how many each officer supervised. Now, do you know how many angles are involved in helping to fit your spiritual temple (1 Corinthians 6:19) up for being able to live in the presence of holy beings? A lot.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

The numbers 501 through 529 seem to not appear in the Bible but 530 and is found in Nehemiah 7:70, which says, “And some of the chief of the fathers gave unto the work. The Tirshatha gave to the treasure a thousand drams of gold, fifty basons, five hundred and thirty priests' garments.” Now in the day, these were the gifts to the service of God and yet today, despite God saying in Malachi 3:8-9 that when we withhold tithes and offerings we rob Him, so many barely give to the cause God. So, do you hesitantly give to the cause of God, or do you realize that all of the funds entrusted to us is really God’s?

Monday, July 02, 2018

The numbers 469 through 499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 500 does and one of them is found in 1 Corinthians 15:6, which says, “After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.” So, the resurrection of Jesus Christ was not just something that a handful of people saw but more than 500 at one time. This verse also teaches that when a person dies, they go to sleep. They do not go to Heaven or Hell. Now we believe in the resurrection not because of our eyesight but as Jesus prayed, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word” (John 17:20). So, do you believe in the resurrection of Jesus because of the witnesses’ words?

Sunday, July 01, 2018

The numbers 455 through 467 seem to not appear in the Bible but 468 does and is found in Nehemiah 11:6, which says, “All the sons of Perez that dwelt at Jerusalem [were] four hundred threescore and eight valiant men.” The name “Perez” means “breach”, which in the end of days, that word is referenced in a special activity. “And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking [thine own] words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it]” (Isaiah 58:12-14). So, are you a repairer of God’s holy Sabbath day or are you one that is working against the repair process by keeping Sunday or no day at all?

Friday, June 29, 2018

The numbers 451 through 453 seem to not appear in the Bible but 454 does and is found in Ezra 2:15, which says, “The children of Adin, four hundred fifty and four.” These are those that returned from the captivity of Babylon (Ezra 2:1). Adin means “delicate”. Interestingly, when we see a symbol of a delicate woman in the Bible, like Revelation 12, the Bible says, “I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate [woman]” (Jeremiah 6:2). And “Zion, Thou [art] my people” (Isaiah 51:16). So, are you part of God’s people or are you part of the symbolic woman that is a harlot (like Revelation 17) representing leaving the Word of God?

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The numbers 436 through 449 seem to not appear in the Bible but 450 does and is found in 1 Kings 18:22, which says, “Then said Elijah unto the people, I, [even] I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophets [are] four hundred and fifty men.” And the life of Elijah symbolically is applicable today where it is hard to believe that only one denomination can have the absolute truth while all others contain error, but just as Elijah was the only true prophet against 450 false ones in worshipping Baal or sun worship, which today is Sunday worship, it should not be so hard. No wonder the Bible says, “I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD” (Malachi 4:5) because it is not about how or what the prophet speaks but the life that is presented. So, are you part of Elijah’s last day team keeping God’s true Sabbath, or are you following the hundreds of false preachers today promoting Sunday as God’s day?

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The numbers 431 through 434 seem to not appear in the Bible but 435 is and is found in both Ezra 2:67 and Nehemiah 7:69, which says, “[Their] camels, four hundred thirty and five: six thousand seven hundred and twenty asses.” This is what the Jews brought back to Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity. They were brought out of Israel with nothing and returned with 435 camels plus other items. So, after Babylon was conquered, the Jews blessed business practices using God’s principles resulted in an accumulation of things. Truly an example of what people may lose in this world (Babylon) will be rewarded in the next (return to Jerusalem). What are you willing to give up for God? “Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go [and] sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come [and] follow me” (Matthew 19:21).

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The numbers 421 through 429 seem to not appear in the Bible but 430 is and is found in Exodus 12:40-41, which says, “Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, [was] four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.” Now some people say that this is not the number 400 that was told to Abram (or Abraham), and you are right. But what was told to Abram was “they shall afflict them four hundred years” (Genesis 15:13). Afflict and living in the land are two different things. At first, God’s people were welcomed guests and were told, “The land of Egypt [is] before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell” (Genesis 47:6), but afterwards, “there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph” (Exodus 1:8). So, are you one that looks for discrepancies in the Bible, or are you one that can work out apparent discrepancies?

Monday, June 25, 2018

The numbers 411 through 419 seem to not appear in the Bible but 420 is and is found in 1 Kings 9:28, which says, “And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought [it] to king Solomon.” Solomon was very rich but the Bible says, “I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir” (Isaiah 13:12). Therefore, Solomon could have had all the gold of Ophir but us humans are more valuable than that. Too bad humans do not treat their own bodies and each other as more valuable otherwise people would not be committing suicide or selling one another or even taking another’s life. God has considered us more valuable and sent His Son to shed His blood to redeem us. So, do you hold human life precious or is life easily expendable?

Sunday, June 24, 2018

The numbers of 404 through 409 are not found in the Bible but 410 is and is found in Ezra 1:10, which says, “Thirty basons of gold, silver basons of a second [sort] four hundred and ten, [and] other vessels a thousand.” Let us now connect the purpose of this verse with Ezra 1:7 as verse 10 is just a part of a list, which says, “Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods.” Therefore, the list of items are those things being returned to Jerusalem, the rightful place. Though Cyrus was Israel’s deliverer, do keep in mind that it took two more decrees until the Jews finally rebuilt Jerusalem. Today, without any biblical prophecy, they call Trump the modern-day Cyrus. Jews expect Trump to be the person who finally liberates the Jews from their oppression. Just because someone receives a biblical title does not make it biblical. So, how careful are you in throwing around biblical terms and prophecy?

Friday, June 22, 2018

It seems that 401 and 402 are not in the Bible but 403 is and is found in Genesis 11:13, which says, “And Arphaxad lived after he begat Salah four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters”, and Genesis 11:15, which says, “And Salah lived after he begat Eber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.” Outside of 403 being the common period from having a specified child and remainder of the life, please note that these unheard-of number of years are actually literal. If the same writer can accurately pinpoint the years of life in his day and we know that Moses would not exaggerate as that would have been a lie, we can only conclude that the earlier lifespans mentioned are also literal. That shows how far we have come in which people used to live hundreds of years, Moses even 120 and being fully vibrant, to today’s average life span being only the mid 70’s and frail. And today’s reports are saying that after improving the lifespan over a number of decades, they are seeing sharp declines again. Sin shortens life. And we have reached a point in society that sin is very much legal and protected, and therefore the results are a shorter life. So, how is your life expectancy?

Thursday, June 21, 2018

It seems that the numbers 393 through 399 do not appear in the Bible but four hundred does and is found in Genesis 15:13, which says, “And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land [that is] not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years.” Here we see one of the early time prophecies provided in the Bible which met its fulfillment when Moses led Israel out of Egypt. There are many other time prophecies of the Bible, and it is with such accuracy that reveals the ability to trust in God through His Word. So, do you trust God through His Word?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

It seems that the number 391 does not appear in the Bible but 392 does and is found in two places: Ezra 2:58 and Nehemiah 7:60, which says, “All the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants, [were] three hundred ninety and two.” Again, by naming a temple position (Nethinims, which were temple slaves), even though it is an interesting position, reveals that all other occupations are secondary to God’s service. Each one of us are to perform God’s service for many statements and parables of Jesus reveal that we are to “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). Yes, putting food on the table, having a roof overhead, and having clothes on our backs are important but not more important than the service of sharing the gospel. So, what is most important in your life occupying your time? Is it other occupations or the occupation of serving God?

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

It seems that the numbers 373 through 389 do not appear in the Bible but 390 does and is found in Ezekiel 4:5, “For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.” Setting aside the details of the verse, the more important aspect is to see that God has “a day for a year” principle. In fact, God inspired two writers to state such plainly. Moses wrote, “each day for a year” in Numbers 14:34, and Ezekiel wrote the same words in Ezekiel 4:6. The reason this is important is because when God speaks prophetically of time, that means there is a symbolic representation. For instance, the Antichrist is to rule for 3½ years (Daniel 7:25) or 42 months (Revelation 13:5) of which both equate to 1,260 days. However, it is not literal days, instead, it is actually years. And antichrist will not rule in the future but has already done so in the past, received a deadly wound as predicted, and is now about fully healed to bring havoc again. Interestingly, a false theory of a literal 3½ year reign in the future for antichrist is made up of the same people that take Daniel’s prophecy concerning 70 weeks (or 490 days) and apply the “each day for year” principle to point to the arrival of Jesus, as predicted in the prophecy (Daniel 9:24-27. And that is why they are wrong about a future antichrist short period is because of their inconsistent act of application. So, do you see God’s principle that He has regarding prophetic time?

Monday, June 18, 2018

The numbers 366 through 371 seem to not appear in the Bible, but 372 does and is found in both Ezra 2:4 and Nehemiah 7:9 as, “The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two.” Shephatiah means "Jehovah has judged”, which is quite fitting after coming out of a period of 70 years of punishment being judged in Jeremiah’s day of needing correction. In our day, Jehovah is judging again for Revelation 14:7 says, “Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come.” And He shall declare of the living, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11). Seeing that we do not know when we shall be judged for Heaven or Hell executed when Jesus returns very soon, what character do you have today if your name would come up during this period of heavenly investigation?

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The numbers 361 through 364 are not found in the Bible but 365 is and is found in Genesis 5:22-24, which says, “And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he [was] not; for God took him.” At the end of time, there is going to be a whole lot of Enochs that will not experience death. “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). So, are you living the life of Enoch walking with God always or do you allow selfishness to live periodically?

Friday, June 15, 2018

The numbers 351 through 359 are not found in the Bible but 360 is and is found in 2 Samuel 2:31, which says, “But the servants of David had smitten of Benjamin, and of Abner's men, [so that] three hundred and threescore men died.” God had anointed David as the next king and yet, despite how ungodly Saul had become, there were still people loyal to him even after King Saul’s death and resisted David’s authority. This verse is the action that David ended up taking against some of the rebels. And that is our focus. We may not like what properly understood messages from the Bible state. We may be loyal to society’s acceptance of what is and is not acceptable despite the fact that the vast majority of society are spiritually dead and will die in hell physically as well. Rebellion includes using any phrase that rejects the Bible as the authority. And there is too long of a list to provide all of the excuses used against submitting to the Bible, the Word of God. So, whose authority do you place yourself under? Society’s or God’s Word? Even if you think you are an individual thinker, you are not. Your influence is either from one or the other. Just remember, eternal life is promised only in God’s Word.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The numbers 346 through 349 are not found in the Bible but 350 is and is found in Genesis 9:28, which says, “And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.” That was enough time to be alive when Abram (Abraham) was born, but because meat was allowed into the diet, the life expectancy greatly dwindled down very quickly from the 900’s to barely over 100 years of age. It is so ingrained into our bodies that even if one were raised on the food God would have us return to like He tried with the Israelites in the desert, we can add but a mere ten to twelve years. But then again, we do not eat the original diet to live longer but for us to not have to be popping all kinds of pills and be dying of the diseases everyone else is, and we live to be able to be God’s messengers to the world. God says, “If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I [am] the LORD that healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26). So, how healthy are you? And if you are sick or needing constant medical treatment, did you bring it upon yourself in your lifestyle?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The numbers 329 through 344 are not found in the Bible but 345 is and is found in Nehemiah 7:36, which says, “The children of Jericho, three hundred forty and five.” Jericho means “its moon”. An application of this meaning can be that we are like the moon and in ourselves, we have no light. The only reason the moon shines at night is by reflecting the sun. Seeing that Jesus is “the Sun of righteousness” (Malachi 4:2), we can be like the moon and reflect Christ’s righteousness. So, how are you doing with that reflection?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The numbers 325 through 327 are not found in the Bible but 328 is and is found in Nehemiah 7:22, which says, “The children of Hashum, three hundred twenty and eight.” Hashum means “rich”. On that subject, the Bible says, “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17), while James 2:5 says, “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?” So, are you rich towards God or this world?

Monday, June 11, 2018

The number 324 is found in Nehemiah 7:23, which says, “The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and four.” Now wait a moment. Yesterday, according to Ezra, there were only 323. It seems there is a contradiction in the Bible. If that were so, the fact that there are two different numbers does not change the fact that on morality, there is absolutely no contradiction. Having other gods before God has always been wrong. But what we have are two different moments in time. Evidently, when Nehemiah did his counting as compared to Ezra, a birth happened. So, do you use a different perspective of facts and figures found in the Bible to dismiss the consistent presentation on moral subjects?

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The numbers 321 and 322 are not found in the Bible but 323 is and is found in Ezra 2:17, which says, “The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and three.” The name Bezai means “conqueror”. Our Conqueror is Jesus Christ and “thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). He gives us the ability to conquer for it is “given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4). So, are you a daily conqueror or is sin the conqueror over you?

Friday, June 08, 2018

The number 319 is not found in the Bible but 320 is and is found in a couple places pointing at the same event, Nehemiah 7:35, “The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty” and Ezra 2:32, “The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty.” Harim means “dedicated”. Are you dedicated to God or do you just reference God, meaning, are you a Christian or do you just take on the title?

Thursday, June 07, 2018

The numbers 301 to 317 are not found in the Bible but 318 is and is found in Genesis 14:14, which says, “And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained [servants], born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued [them] unto Dan.” Not everyone is willing to risk their lives for even their own brother or nephew yet Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Today, so many, even relatives, have been taken captive. The enemy is Satan, and the warfare is spiritual. Armed with the truth, we too are being prompted by the Holy Spirit to go rescue them, even commanded to do so by Jesus: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20) Will you go to battle to rescue them from Satan’s snares even if they resist rescuing?

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

The numbers 289 to 299 are not found in the Bible but 300 is and one of them is found in John 12:5, which says, “Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?” This question was posed by Judas (John 12:4), “not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein” (John 12:6). He is also known as the “son of perdition” (John 17:12), which is also applied to the antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2:3), which means, the antichrist would take on the appearance as to care for the poor but in reality, would be scheming to accomplish an evil objective, such as, being “drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus” (Revelation 17:6). So, are you deceived by outward appearance of religious figures, or do you stay true to principle?

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

The numbers 285, 286, and 287 are not found in the Bible but 288 is and is found in 1 Chronicles 25:7, which says, “So the number of them, with their brethren that were instructed in the songs of the LORD, [even] all that were cunning, was two hundred fourscore and eight.” The cunning is not an evil cunning but they knew the intricacy of song. Many people who sing, they sing without knowing the best way to project the voice, the right volume, tone, pitch, and especially the proper part of the body to actually do the projecting. The study of such would be quite revealing of how people actually injury themselves and voices by misusing the wrong muscles and projecting at points which are harmful. Now, this does not mean people ought to remain silent during song time until they study it out but do realize that extended periods of time using the voice in this manner, like in a choir, ought to be carefully approached. So, are you careful with your voice?

Monday, June 04, 2018

The numbers 277 through 283 are not found in the Bible but 284 is and is found in Nehemiah 11:18, which says, “All the Levites in the holy city [were] two hundred fourscore and four.” The Levites were a people referred to as the priests but were also a tribe without a land for they were dedicated for service of God. This is symbolic of what we are called to be. “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9). And in this land, we will live like pilgrims readying to inherit the heavenly land. So, are you one of God’s royal priests dedicated to ministering towards soul saving or are you distracted with the things of the world that steal time and money?

Sunday, June 03, 2018

The numbers 274 and 275 are not found in the Bible but 276 is and is found in Acts 27:37, which says, “And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls.” These are the souls that were on the ship taking Paul to Rome as a prisoner. This verse reveals the proper understanding of the word “soul”. It is not something that we have that flies off to Heaven or Hell upon death, but rather we are a soul while we are alive for “the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). A synonym for breath in the nostrils is found in Job 27:3, which says, “All the while my breath [is] in me, and the spirit of God [is] in my nostrils.” So, upon death, “the body without the spirit is dead” (James 2:26). Now where do we go upon death? “Dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:19). We are told that we go back to the ground. Period. No Heaven. No Hell. No consciousness at all. We simply “sleep the [sleep of] death” (Psalms 13:3), and when Jesus returns, “all that are in the graves shall hear his voice“ (John 5:28) and “the dead in Christ shall rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16), which is called the resurrection. So, are you being deceived with life after death right now? Are you even being visited by evil spirits pretending to be deceased loved ones?

Friday, June 01, 2018

The numbers 251 through 272 are not found in the Bible but 273 is (if one does the math of 200 + 3x20 + 13), and it is in the context of Numbers 3:44-3:47, which says, “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; and the Levites shall be mine: I [am] the LORD. And for those that are to be redeemed of the two hundred and threescore and thirteen of the firstborn of the children of Israel, which are more than the Levites; Thou shalt even take five shekels apiece by the poll, after the shekel of the sanctuary shalt thou take [them]: (the shekel [is] twenty gerahs:)” (Numbers 3:44-47). This money that was paid for each of the firstborn was known as “redemption money” (Numbers 3:49) all being a symbolism regarding salvation. This act of the firstborn and redemption money involved pointed to Jesus, “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature” (Colossians 1:15) and “wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood” (Revelation 5:9). So, how much do you appreciate the blood of Jesus that redeemed you and I?

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The numbers 246 through 249 are not found in the Bible, but 250 is and one of the verses that it happens to be found in is in Numbers 16:1-2, which says, “Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took [men]: And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown.” This points as an example in our day as well in that just because a preacher claims to be Christian does not make them of Christ. So many people make excuses for the fact that if they were to survey 250 ministers of 250 different denominations they would notice that each contradict themselves. Therefore, it is actually possible that only 1 in 254 (250 famous people plus Korah, Dathan, Abiram, and Moses) is actually correct, meaning, it is possible that only 1 denomination obeys the teachings and doctrines of Jesus while the others follow man-made theories. And it is possible that the other 253 ministers will go so far as to declare against that one denomination, “[Ye take] too much upon you, seeing all the congregation [are] holy, every one of them, and the LORD [is] among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?” (Numbers 16:3) So, is the minister or denomination you follow actually accurate with the Bible and not just taking selected passages from the Bible, or even worse, do not use the Bible at all?

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The numbers 233 through 244 are not found in the Bible but 245 is and is found in Nehemiah 11:13-14, which says, “And his brethren, chief of the fathers, two hundred forty and two: and Amashai the son of Azareel, the son of Ahasai, the son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer, And their brethren, mighty men of valour, an hundred twenty and eight: and their overseer [was] Zabdiel, the son of [one of] the great men.” These were mighty men for God. The Bible describes the mighty for God even in our day who face Satan and his temptations. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:11). These practice James 4:7, which says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Otherwise, we are living in Hebrews 12:4, which says, “Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” So, are you a mighty person in God’s grace resisting the devil even if it would mean your life?

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The numbers 224 through 231 are not found in the Bible but 232 is and is found in 1 Kings 20:15, which says, “Then he numbered the young men of the princes of the provinces, and they were two hundred and thirty two: and after them he numbered all the people, [even] all the children of Israel, [being] seven thousand.” King Ahab was not born bad. God even revealed himself to Ahab in a fierce battle and victory over the Syrian army. So, has God revealed Himself to you in the past but for whatever reason, you have turned to your own selfish ways? Has He even revealed to you evidence that the Bible is true, but you have turned to disbelieving such for whatever reason?

Monday, May 28, 2018

Our apologies, but 222 was not in the Bible yesterday though it was good verse to share. Today though, 223 is in the Bible and is found in two places: “The children of Hashum, two hundred twenty and three” (Ezra 2:19) and “The men of Bethel and Ai, two hundred twenty and three” (Ezra 2:28). “Now these [are] the children of the province that went up out of the captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city” (Ezra 2:1). Why does it seem to be a running theme with these numbers that people were freed from Babylon and return to Jerusalem?” That is because “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (1 Corinthians 10:11). And the call at the end of time is, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird” (Revelation 18:2). “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4). So, will you come out of the unbiblical doctrines that are actually confusing and prepare yourself to enter the New Jerusalem, Heaven?

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The number 221 is not found in the Bible but 222 is and is found in Ezra 2:12, which says, “The children of Azgad, a thousand two hundred twenty and two”, which are part of “the children of the province that went up out of the captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city” (Ezra 2:1). Today, Babylon represents confusing, human created doctrines that they say point to God. So, has God led you away from that confusion, and are you headed to the New Jerusalem?

Friday, May 25, 2018

The number 219 is not found in the Bible but 220 is and is found in 1 Chronicles 15:6, “Of the sons of Merari; Asaiah the chief, and his brethren two hundred and twenty”, which were part of a larger gathering for “David gathered all Israel together to Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the LORD unto his place, which he had prepared for it” (1 Chronicles 15:3). All the people gathered at this time were part of the proper procession of bringing the ark to its resting place. Prior to this, they had simply placed it on a “new cart” (1 Chronicles 13:7). Though we may think we are being reverent to God, if it is not done according to His exact ways, it is considered irreverent. Just because people may go to church on Sunday and sing mightily with their voices, give lots of money, and look really good, the fact that God commands that the seventh day is to be kept makes that first day worship irreverent to God. So, are you doing something godly but is actually irreverant?

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The numbers 213 through 217 are not found in the Bible but 218 is and is found in Ezra 8:9, which says, “Of the sons of Joab; Obadiah the son of Jehiel, and with him two hundred and eighteen males.” “[This is]” part of “the genealogy of them that went up with me from Babylon, in the reign of Artaxerxes the king” Ezra 8:1. Joab means “Jehovah is Father”; Obadiah means “servant of Jehovah”; and Jehiel means “God lives”. So, if God lives in our heart and we recognize Him as the Father, then we shall be His servant. Are you or do you simply live to please yourself?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The numbers 210 and 211 are not found in the Bible but 212 is and is found in 1 Chronicles 9:22-23, “All these [which were] chosen to be porters in the gates [were] two hundred and twelve. These were reckoned by their genealogy in their villages, whom David and Samuel the seer did ordain in their set office. So they and their children [had] the oversight of the gates of the house of the LORD, [namely], the house of the tabernacle, by wards.” No matter what position we have, we ought to be satisfied in serving the Lord. Do you even serve the Lord, or do you live each day for yourself?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The number 208 does not appear in the Bible but 209 does and is found in Genesis 11:19, which says, “And Peleg lived after he begat Reu two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters.” Peleg means “division”, while we learned yesterday that Reu means “friend”, and such pointed to Jesus as our friend Who, as we now learn, puts division or enmity between Satan and the church. So, on which side are you on? Jesus’ side and hating sin, or on Satan’s side and tolerating as well as participating in sin?

Monday, May 21, 2018

The number 206 does not appear in the Bible but 207 does and is found in Genesis 11:21, which says, “And Reu lived after he begat Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.” So, at the age of 207, Reu had a son that he names Serug. Reus means friend, and Serug means branch. Jesus is described in Jeremiah 23:5 as, “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.” And John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” No wonder the line is considered godly. They took on names that refer to Jesus. Have you accepted the Branch of righteousness, our Friend Jesus?

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The numbers 201 through 204 are not found in the Bible but 205 is and is found in Genesis 11:32, which says, “And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.” Now the prior verse also states, “And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there” (Genesis 11:31). Therefore, thanks to Terah, Abram already was isolated from his brothers and other relatives and associated with his nephew Lot, so when the command to “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee” (Genesis 12:1) came forth, Abram was already in the right experience for doing such. Now for your own soul sake, would you be able to separate and further separate from even relatives if salvation depended upon such? Remember, “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:37).

Friday, May 18, 2018

The numbers 189 through 199 are not found in the Bible but 200 is and one of the verses with that number is Acts 23:23, which says, “And he called unto [him] two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night.” After hearing about the planned attempt on Paul’s life, Paul was not just escorted by a few men but 200. Paul’s life was spared not because of the 200 soldiers but because of His obedience to God. And God is willing to do the same for us. He is willing to escort us by even 200 angels if need be, but such is only supplied in our spiritual battle while living in obedience. So, does your life reflect such a heavenly escort?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The number 188 is found in Nehemiah 7:26, which says, “The men of Bethlehem and Netophah, an hundred fourscore and eight”, who were “the children of the province, that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto his city” (Nehemiah 7:6). It is important that Bethlehem be reestablished along with the predicted Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25) for Bethlehem would be the birth place of Jesus. Now 188 people would eventually grow in number so much so that regarding Mary and Joseph, “no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7). Applied today, we may not see the significance of little events in our lives, but if those little events do not happen, they may prevent the more important events later. So, do you consider little things in your life as unimportant or do you see that everything we do that we ought to do it all unto the Lord?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The numbers 183 to 186 are not found in the Bible but 187 is and is found in Genesis 5:25, which says, “And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech.” Not only did Methuselah beget Lamech, Noah’s father, but Methuselah also lived the longest, showing God’s patience and longsuffering, for when he died, that was the year the flood came. Unfortunately, God’s longsuffering today is taken advantage of. “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil” (Ecclesiastes 8:11). So, are you seeing what sins you can get away with, or are you sympathizing with God’s longsuffering?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The number 181 is not found in the Bible but 182 is and is found in Genesis 5:28, which says, “And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son.” Lamech “called his name Noah” (Genesis 5:29). Lamech must have raised Noah right because out of all the population of the time, “Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD” (Genesis 6:8). As counsel would teach us and not today’s experts on raising kids, socialization was at a minimum because Lamech would have recognized the evil influences and excluded Noah from much of what society found to be acceptable. Lamech would have been accused of being a helicopter parent, always covering over the child when other children would come over. By today’s standards, Noah probably missed out on a lot of things, but this thing we do know – Noah did not miss the boat. So, how concerned are you about proper socialization of your children as compared to raising them godly, or how concerned are you about eternal life for yourself as compared to fitting in with society?

Monday, May 14, 2018

The numbers 176 through 179 are not found in the Bible but 180 is and is found in Genesis 35:28, which says, “And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years.” As we see, people still lived above our average lifespan as compared to today even after the flood, but as us humans continued to spread sin, diseases increased and people began to eat unhealthy foods all of which drains the body of its vitalness. For instance, God said, “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, [which is] the blood thereof, shall ye not eat” (Genesis 9:3-4). This permitted the eating of meat for the first time, but it was meant to be temporary as God tried to get the Israelites to return to the Vegetarian diet in the desert providing only mana for “they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust” (Psalms 78:18). Further, the permission did not include the allowance of eating the blood, and yet, that is exactly what many eat today – bloody meat. Also implied is that unclean meats were not to be eaten seeing one use of such right after the flood would have caused that species to cease as only two unclean animals were brought on board the ark while seven of the clean were brought on (Genesis 7:2). The distinction between the types of animals was not a spiritual thing but a health principle for unclean animals retain poisons in their bodies from what they eat while the clean animals excrete such out. So, do you eat unhealthy by continuing the meat diet, or even eating the blood of an animal, or even eating unclean meats?

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The numbers 173 and 174 are not found in the Bible but 175 is and is found in Genesis 25:7, which says, “And these [are] the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.” Now if Abraham lived 175 years and is in the same book as Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah, I then can believe that the lineage listed truly lived hundreds upon hundreds of years with Methuselah living the longest at 969 years old. The writer who wrote chapters 5 and 25 would not have used mixed measurements. And the writer was just that, a writer. The Author is God (1 Corinthians 14:33). So, how challenged are you with length of lives in the Bible?

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The numbers 173 and 174 are not found in the Bible but 175 is and is found in Genesis 25:7, which says, “And these [are] the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.” Now if Abraham lived 175 years and is in the same book as Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah, I then can believe that the lineage listed truly lived hundreds upon hundreds of years with Methuselah living the longest at 969 years old. The writer who wrote chapters 5 and 25 would not have used mixed measurements. And the writer was just that, a writer. The Author is God (1 Corinthians 14:33). So, how challenged are you with length of lives in the Bible?

Friday, May 11, 2018

The numbers 163 through 171 are not found in the Bible but 172 is and is found in Nehemiah 11:19, “Moreover the porters, Akkub, Talmon, and their brethren that kept the gates, [were] an hundred seventy and two.” So, these were the gatekeepers of which each of us ought to be gatekeepers. Nothing should pass the gates of our mind that is not in this list of allowed thought: “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8). And how are you doing in being a spiritual gatekeeper?

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The number hundred and sixty-one is not in the Bible but a hundred and sixty two is which is found once in the Bible: “And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch” (Genesis 5:18). Now “all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died” (Genesis 5:20). In between, “And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he [was] not; for God took him” (Genesis 5:23-24). Outside of Cain killing Abel, the children outlived their parents. Ever wander what Jared must have thought to have lost a child like this? Did he know that Enoch was taken or did he think some other brother or relative did him in? He must have known that his son walked with God because that is something one just cannot hide – an excellent character. Enoch evidently left his light shine (Matthew 5:16). At the end of time, there is going to be a whole lot of Enochs, comparatively speaking, for “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). So, are you walking with God in complete obedience to His commandments, His Word?

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

The numbers 157, 158, and 159 are not found in the Bible but 160 is and is found in Ezra 8:10, which says, “And of the sons of Shelomith; the son of Josiphiah, and with him an hundred and threescore males.” This verse is part of “the genealogy of them that went up with me from Babylon, in the reign of Artaxerxes the king” (Ezra 8:1). Shelomith means “peaceful” while Josiphiah means “Jehovah adds”. Putting it together, Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). He also said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). So, do you have that spiritual peace with God knowing your sins have been taken away despite chaos in the world?

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

The numbers 154 and 155 are not found in the Bible but 156 is and is found in Ezra 2:30, which says, “The children of Magbish, an hundred fifty and six.” Again, “these [are] the children of the province that went up out of the captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city” (Ezra 2:1). The family name of Magbish means "congregating", which we are told, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). So, do you stay away from church, especially church organization? Remember, The Son of God tried working with the organization in His day even until His last breath. In the process, He gathered many like believers. Therefore, if the Son of God was willing to work within an organization that put Him to death, are you not able to find like believers to congregate with?

Monday, May 07, 2018

The numbers 151 and 152 are not found in the Bible but 153 is and is in John 21:11, which says, “Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.” The very next verse says, “Jesus saith unto them, Come [and] dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord” (John 21:12). That means that after the resurrection, we too will be recognizable in our new bodies. Are you looking forward to that day when “this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:53)?

Sunday, May 06, 2018

The number one hundred and forty-nine is not found in the Bible, but one hundred and fifty is. The one we chose is found in Genesis 7:24, which says, “And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.” Now when the writer states the word “earth”, he meant earth as in the entirety otherwise he would have stated “land”. Therefore, I do believe in a global flood and not in a large localized flood or pockets of floods. Only a fool would believe in the THEORY of evolution for evolution provides no mention of eternal life but the Bible does. And if one were to say that Moses exaggerated, that would be a lie. Seeing that “God is not [the author] of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33), we must take it as it reads, but God does not cause us to blindly follow. He provides evidence such as a global flood easily explains why seashells are found on top of Mount Everest. It explains how the Grand Canyon can be formed where no river pathway could have traveled. It explains how salt beds have been deposited around the world, some higher than the ocean levels, like in Utah. Besides, there are over 300 references outside of the Bible to the global flood found in recordings around the world. Even calculating today’s population backwards being confirmed by some historical censuses down to a mere eight people on earth at the time of the flood. The Chinese symbol for the word “boat” is made up of smaller symbols, which state “vessel”, “eight”, and “people”. The Chinese symbol for the word “flood” is made up of smaller symbols, which state “together”, “earth”, and “eight”. So, do you believe the lie that the Bible is full of fables, or do you see that there is an agenda to squash the truth of the Bible?

Friday, May 04, 2018

The number one hundred and forty-eight is found in Nehemiah 7:44, which says, “The singers: the children of Asaph, an hundred forty and eight.” As mentioned before, any occupation stated about those leaving Babylon and returning to Judah is only reserved for those that are associated with God’s service showing what ought to be a priority in our own lives. So, do you sing to the glory of God on a regular basis?

Thursday, May 03, 2018

The numbers 145 and 146 are not found in the Bible but 147 is and is found in Genesis 47:28, which says, “And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years.” Interestingly, the time of Joseph’s captivity was when he was “[being] seventeen years old” (Genesis 37:2). Jacob saw Joseph’s first 17 years while Jacob was able to see his own last 17 years being in the presence of Joseph. From Jacob’s perspective, he did “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Though Joseph was faithful throughout his life, Jacob did not get to see beyond Joseph’s youth and older age. Now, as parents, are we training up our children in the way they ought to go, or are we exposing them to the ways of the world filled with exciting entertainment making the natural world, even the Bible boring? If so, is it any wonder why they do not care to sit still and listen to a sermon? The scenes of watching a pastor is not changing every 2 seconds. Do consider that before you even sit a child down to watch “good programming” on TV. Quick scene changes to keep the child in a hypnotic state makes the real world boring, and they struggle to keep focused.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

The numbers 141, 42, and 143 are all not in the Bible but 144 is and found in Revelation 21:17, which says, “And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred [and] forty [and] four cubits, [according to] the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.” This is the measurement that belongs to “the holy city, new Jerusalem” (Revelation 21:2). That measurement is 216 feet. That is one tall wall and being made of jasper (Revelation 21:18), it is going to be glorious to the eyes, but only the saved get to enjoy it. “Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city” (Revelation 22:14). So, how are you doing with those commandments?

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

The number one hundred and forty is our next number, which is found in Job 42:16, “After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, [even] four generations.” So, after losing his sons and daughters, his possessions, and spiritually his wife and friends, he ended up being blessed for his faithfulness and had a hundred and forty years more to enjoy it. For us, if we are faithful, we will have eternity to enjoy the greatest number of blessings that we cannot even begin to imagine. So, are you seeking to be faithful to God, or are you caught in the ways of this world?

Monday, April 30, 2018

The number hundred and thirty-nine is our next number, which is found in Ezra 2:42: “The children of the porters: the children of Shallum, the children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children of Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, [in] all an hundred thirty and nine.” So, which is it? Yesterday was one hundred and thirty-eight and now it is a hundred thirty-nine. Please notice that we have two different writers, which means that it is possible that the counting of the people happened at two different times. Therefore, due to deaths and births, numbers can be different between Ezra and Nehemiah. So, do you see today’s verse and yesterday’s as an inconsistency making the unerring Bible actually prone to error, or do you see the logical explanation that keeps the Bible in harmony?

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The number hundred and thirty-eight is our next number, which is found in Nehemiah 7:45: “The porters: the children of Shallum, the children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children of Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, an hundred thirty and eight.” And as before, “These [are] the children of the province, that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto his city” (Nehemiah 7:6). Again, very few occupations are mentioned in this list, and the ones that are mentioned at all are a religious purpose. Porters were placed at “the door of the tabernacle of the congregation” (1 Chronicles 9:21). This shows that our first work is that of godly service. All other needs are secondary. Too many times people try to excel in their secular job by devoting all of their free time in pursuit of more and more education, volunteer for more and more overtime, are at every social gathering hosted by their company, and then what little free time is left, they spend selfishly away from God’s Word and away from spreading the gospel. Although we are to do our best at our jobs because ultimately God is our employer, we need to keep in mind “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33), and “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:20-21). So, where is your time and money going?

Friday, April 27, 2018

The numbers 134, 135, and 136 are not found in the Bible but 137 is: “And these [are] the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people” (Genesis 25:17). Did you know that he had “twelve princes according to their nations” (Genesis 25:16)? Isaac was the grandfather of twelve tribes as well. No wonder there is competition of who are God’s people today. It started back in the day of Ishmael. Of course, there can only be one and only one true line -- It is the one that our Savior was born in. So, do you accept both lines as God’s chosen people compromising truth with error, accepting the counterfeit in one form or another, or do you believe in the true line of which we can be grafted in spiritually (Galatians 3:29)?

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Are you “strong in faith, giving glory to God” (Romans 4:20)?

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Our next available number in the Bible is a hundred and thirty-three, which is found in Exodus 6:18 and says, “And the sons of Kohath; Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel: and the years of the life of Kohath [were] an hundred thirty and three years.” The Bible further says, “And these [are] the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari: and the years of the life of Levi [were] an hundred thirty and seven years” (Exodus 6:16). Being a Levite, that means they served God in the temple and would have no territory to call their own as they were to be dedicated to God’s service. Spiritual Levites are those that dedicate their lives to the service of God even without an official position in the church. It is called personal ministry. In 1 Peter 2:9, it confirms this by stating, “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” So, do you have a personal ministry?

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A hundred and twenty-nine is not in the Bible but a hundred and thirty is and one of them is found in Genesis 5:3, which says, “And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat [a son] in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth.” Seth begins the godly line of children since prior to this, Cain had killed godly Abel. “And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, [said she], hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD” (Genesis 4:25-26). So, do you call upon the name of the Lord, or do you go about each day without prayer?

Monday, April 23, 2018

A hundred and twenty-eight is found in a few places very close to one another and we chose Ezra 2:41, which says, “The singers: the children of Asaph, an hundred twenty and eight.” Yes, we see once again another group in number heading out of captivity, but our point this time is to notice only certain occupations are identified. We do not see reference to any secular occupations, but looking over Ezra chapter 2, we find “priests” (verse 36), “Levites” (verse 40), and “Nethinims”, who connected with the temple (Ezra 2:43). All others are just known as the “children of…”. That shows in our own lives that all “the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful” (Mark 4:19). So, how strong is your spiritual life, or are you too busy with striving to climb the corporate ladder?

Sunday, April 22, 2018

A hundred and twenty-five and a hundred and twenty-six are not found in the Bible but a hundred and twenty-seven is, which several references point to this fact: “Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews. Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king's name, and seal [it] with the king's ring: for the writing which is written in the king's name, and sealed with the king's ring, may no man reverse. Then were the king's scribes called at that time in the third month, that [is], the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth [day] thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which [are] from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language” (Esther 8:7-9). There were a hundred and twenty-seven provinces at the time of Esther. In this particular number of verses, we see a letter of relief going forth. No longer is the death decree for all Jews to happen. They have been delivered out of Haman’s hands. The same shall happen at the end of time: first, the death decree -- “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Revelation 13:15), and second, the deliverance from that decree -- “Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation” (Isaiah 25:9). This time, it will not be a written decree but “the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). So, are you aligning yourself with the large number of people complying with the “greater good” who will persecute the “remnant” or “few”, or are you part of “the remnant”, “which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17)?

Friday, April 20, 2018

A hundred and twenty-four appears once in the Bible: “The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and four” (Nehemiah 7:23), which is one group of people who returned to Israel who were freed from the captivity of Babylon. The spiritual application shows God leading us from Babylon by saying “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4). He does not want us in any confusing doctrines or He will pour out is plagues upon us. So, have you left spiritual Babylon and come into spiritual Israel?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A hundred and twenty-three is our next number and it is found in Numbers 33:39, which says, “And Aaron [was] an hundred and twenty and three years old when he died in mount Hor.” Aaron’s life had its ups and downs spiritually. He was the mouthpiece for Moses while speaking t Pharaoh and the church leaders (Exodus 4:14-15), and then he made a golden calf to be worshipped instead of the true God of Heaven (Exodus 32:2-4). He was the first high priest (Exodus 31:10) and then rebelled against Moses as trying to be equal with him (Numbers 12:1-9). He was strong with Moses and weak without him. Yet, he repented each time that he fell. It is not the fact that his life was filled with defeated moments, but rather becoming an overcomer. His life is not to point to allowance in our life for sin but rather to see a person whose life ended in being an overcomer. So, are you “striving against sin” (Hebrews 12:4)?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A hundred and twenty-one is not found but a hundred and twenty two is and is in two places as well as being in the same reference: “The men of Michmas, an hundred twenty and two” (Ezra 2:27 and Nehemiah 7:31). This group of people are part of those that returned to Israel who were freed from the captivity of Babylon. Spiritually speaking, as we did a few days ago, this is a message of God leading us from “Babylon” which “is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird” (Revelation 18:2). Looking up those individual words leads to the understanding that spiritual Babylon contains all kinds of false and confusing doctrines that are floating around and only the people who stop defending their denominations and realize that “the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23) and not a denomination, are the ones that will return to the God of spiritual Israel, a name referring to His obedient, commandment keeping people. Again, we ask, have you left spiritual Babylon and come to spiritual Israel?

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A hundred and twenty is found in the Bible and one place that it is located at is in Genesis 6:3, which says, “And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also [is] flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” This is the amount of time that Noah spent not only on building an ark but also preaching the salvation message. During this time, “the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). Later in time, Jesus said, “as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:37). Therefore, both the environment and the long period of preaching the same salvation message would be repeated. Today, even a blind person can see that the earth is filled with violence. As for the message, there is a specific message that is to be preached right before Jesus appears. That message is called “the three angels” (Revelation 8:13). And their message is found in Revelation 14:6-12. That message has been given now for over a hundred and seventy years, which means, we are on borrowed time. But, we see that time is running out as the final scenes are now taking place, so, have you heard those messages? Will you learn and submit to those warnings?

Monday, April 16, 2018

A hundred and thirteen through a hundred and eighteen are numbers that are not found in the Bible, but a hundred and nineteen is and is found in Genesis 11:25-26, which says, “And Nahor lived after he begat Terah an hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters. And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran” Now, Nahor is Abram’s granddad, as well as the name of Abram’s brother being a second person with the same name, while Terah is Abrahm’s dad. It is this family that Abram is told, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee” (Genesis 12:1). And that meant that they would not see each other again for in those days of travel, it was not like it is today, where we go home for the holidays or call them up or even video chat. So, if the influence of your family were to get too strong to resist the evil, could you pick up your household and move so far away that you would hardly see them?

Sunday, April 15, 2018

A hundred and eleven is not in the Bible but a hundred and twelve is and found in three places of which we chose the verse, “The children of Hariph, an hundred and twelve” (Nehemiah 7:24), which is one group of people who returned to Israel who were freed from the captivity of Babylon. Spiritually, this is a message of God leading us from “Babylon” which “is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird” (Revelation 18:2). Looking up those individual words leads to the understanding that spiritual Babylon contains all kinds of false doctrines that are floating around and only the people who stop defending their denominations and realize that “the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23) and not a denomination, are the ones that will return to the God of spiritual Israel, a name referring to His obedient, commandment keeping people. So, have you left spiritual Babylon and come to spiritual Israel?

Friday, April 13, 2018

A hundred and six through nine are not in the Bible but a hundred and ten is, and we chose Genesis 50:25-26, which says, “And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence. So Joseph died, [being] an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.” Additionally, Hebrews 11:21-22 says, “By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, [leaning] upon the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.” He must have remembered Abraham’s prophecy: “And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land [that is] not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years” (Genesis 15:13). So, how good are you in knowing Bible prophecy and having faith in the fulfillment thereof?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A hundred and one through a hundred and four do not exist in the Bible but a hundred and five does, and we chose Genesis 5:6, which says, “And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos.” This is part of the lineage working its way from Adam to Noah. And Seth happens to be the second generation on earth after Abel was murdered and Cain fled to breed a life of corruption creating a line of people driven by worldly men ways becoming known as the sons and even daughters of men. That makes Seth’s line that which is called “sons of God” (Luke 3:38). It was in the time of Noah that we see the results of when “the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they [were] fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose” (Genesis 6:2). So, which lineage are you?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

[Another correction.] Two days ago, we stated that we used the number one hundred. Actually, we used ninety and nine. Today is one-hundred, and the verse is John 19:39, which says, “And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound [weight].” That was a lot of money, but then again, is Jesus not worth more? So, is Jesus worth more to you than any material items, even if He were to ask you, “go [and] sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come [and] follow me” (Matthew 19:21)?

Monday, April 09, 2018

[Correction] Ninety-one is not found in the Bible. We accidentally used sixty-one yesterday. Now, today’s number is one-hundred because none of the nineties outside of ninety itself exists. So, the verse today is Luke 15:4, which says, “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?” Not that there are only one-hundred worlds that Go created (Hebrews 1:2), earth is that lost sheep. And the Shepherd has done everything to seek and save that lost sheep, and yet men despise Him still. It is hard to believe that this world could crucify their Savior but look at the world today. There are so many unbelievers, mostly atheists, that are anti-Christian, but on top of that, and worst of all, there are so many Christians that call themselves Christian but get bent out of shape when they are told that the Shepherd has rules and very specific ones. That means, they are still lost despite wearing the title of being saved. Then there are the few. “Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). So, are you one of the few, or are you still doing your own thing?

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Ninety-one is our next number and is found in Numbers 31:39, which says, “And the asses [were] thirty thousand and five hundred; of which the LORD'S tribute [was] threescore and one.” Now, that brings up a question: What is the Lord’s tribute? Numbers 31:28 tells us, “And levy a tribute unto the LORD of the men of war which went out to battle”. Therefore, people did not go to war without being compensated. Did you know, Revelation 12:17 says, “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” So, even though we did not sign up to go to war, we are in a war “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]” (Ephesians 6:12). But, even though we did not volunteer to go to war, we will receive of the Lord’s tribute. It is called a mansion (John 14:2), a palm (Revelation 7:9), a harp (Revelation 15:2), and a crown (Revelation 2:10). That is just for starters, but none of that, though glorious in itself, compares to the best tribute of all – eternal life (John 10:28). So, will you “Fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12)?

Friday, April 06, 2018

Eighty-seven, eight, and nine are not found in the Bible but ninety is, and we chose Genesis 17:17, which says, “Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall [a child] be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?” And people today make a big deal about women giving birth in their fifties and even sixties. Today, people may cry unto the Lord for a child because they do not seem to be able to conceive, and when it happens, it is considered a miracle. Could you imagine being ninety and finally conceiving?

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Eighty-six is our next number, which is found in Genesis 16:16, which says, “And Abram [was] fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.” Notice that Abram is his name still as this was an unconverted act. Yes, Sarah made the suggestion, but Abram could have waited longer on God to deliver the miracle, but here we are today with a number of Ishmael descendants still at war with Isaac’s descendants. So, do you wait upon the Lord, or do you take matters into your own hands and make a mess of things?

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Eighty-five is our next number, which is found in Joshua 14:10, “And now, behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spake this word unto Moses, while [the children of] Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I [am] this day fourscore and five years old.” Joshua and Caleb were the only two people to enter the Promised Land from the time they had left Egypt. Everyone else that started from Egypt had died on the forty-year journey. Today, it is possible to be a faithful Joshua or Caleb and enter alive into Heaven for Jesus is coming soon. So, is your life like Joshua or Caleb’s?

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Eighty-one, two, and three are not found in the Bible but eighty-four is and found in Luke 2:36-38, “And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; And she [was] a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served [God] with fastings and prayers night and day. And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.” This is one of several miracles that transpired around the birth of Jesus. So, do you see that Jesus was no ordinary child?

Monday, April 02, 2018

Both seventy-eight and seventy-nine are not found in the Bible, but eighty is, and of the few choices, we chose Exodus 7:7, which says, “And Moses [was] fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh.” Now at eighty years old, there is Moses facing pride, arrogance, abusive earthly power, and yet Moses faced Pharaoh and did not back down for God was with Him. When you know what the right thing that needs to be done and there are obstacles in the way, do you face them?

Sunday, April 01, 2018

I do not mean to rain on anyone’s celebration, but “we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). And this is the light. Many Christians celebrate Christ’s resurrection today but wish everyone “Happy Easter.” Easter is the modern term for the goddess of Ishtar. Even us humans would correct someone if we were called by the wrong name. “Hey, Timothy!” “Ummm, my name isn’t Timothy, it is Phil.” Of course, there is a little embarrassment, but that is OK. Mistakes happen. Even “the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). Therefore, we ought to not use Easter as a reference of a greeting but most of all, leave out the chicks, the bunnies, and the eggs. They are all Ishtar fertility symbols. By giving children these things, symbolically we are telling our children to go and procreate – go have sex! That is what was celebrated with Ishtar. There were none of these symbols associated with Christ. If you are recognizing this day as the resurrection, then do so, and focus upon Him. If you look seriously, it is just another day named for God for selfish purposes. It is another candy day! It is another week building up fun by painting eggs and hiding them. The resurrection is no joking, jovial time! It is part of salvation, and yet so many Christian do not even know the true meaning of being saved. So, with the time available and with the usual family gathering, why not break out in an appropriate time of group Bible study?

Friday, March 30, 2018

Since seventy-six is not found in the Bible, we turn to seventy-seven, and the only choice is Ezra 8:35, “[Also] the children of those that had been carried away, which were come out of the captivity, offered burnt offerings unto the God of Israel, twelve bullocks for all Israel, ninety and six rams, seventy and seven lambs, twelve he goats [for] a sin offering: all [this was] a burnt offering unto the LORD.” This is in honor towards God for being set free. Today, if we appreciate being set free from sin by God’s grace, all Jesus asks is for us to “go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). So, will you do as Jesus asks, or are you “turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness” (Jude 1:4)?

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Today’s number is seventy-five, and the only choice is Genesis 12:4, “So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram [was] seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.” It is hard to imagine being called out of a land that you were in until seventy-five years old. That is a lot of relatives and friends to leave behind, but God was more important to Abraham. Who is more important to you? God or your friends and family?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

It seems that seventy-one, seventy-two, and seventy-three are not found in the Bible, but seventy-four is and found in both Ezra 2:40 and Nehemiah 7:43 referring to the same thing. “The Levites: the children of Jeshua, of Kadmiel, [and] of the children of Hodevah, seventy and four.” Who are these? “These [are] the children of the province, that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto his city” (Nehemiah 7:6). That is because both Jeremiah (Jeremiah 25:12) and Daniel (Daniel 9:25) foretold this time, and God is a God of keeping time. How well do you keep your scheduled appointments?

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Both sixty-eight and sixty-nine are not found in the Bible, but seventy is, and of the few choices we had, we chose Luke 10:17, which says, “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.” Who are these seventy? Luke 10:1 says, “After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.” Evidently, Jesus had quite a few disciples at one point going out teaching. They were sent out in twos, which is how we ought to be going out evangelizing. Of course, the first thing is that we ought to all be doing something to spread the gospel, but when we do so, it ought to be by twos. We gain encouragement and protection instead of trying it all by our self. Now, Jesus tells us all to go forth in like manner according to Matthew 28:19-20. So, will you go and teach others the gospel and even find a partner to do it with?

Monday, March 26, 2018

Today’s number is sixty-seven and the only choice is Nehemiah 7:72, “And [that] which the rest of the people gave [was] twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand pound of silver, and threescore and seven priests' garments.” Here we see the generosity of the people to make this so. Now, do you support your church financially that it may not lack anything?

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Today’s number is sixty-six and of the limited number of verses, we have chosen Genesis 46:26, which says, “All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls [were] threescore and six.” Here is the great migration down into Egypt that would lead to the fulfillment of the Abraham’s prophecy, “And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land [that is] not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years” (Genesis 15:13). From this, we see God’s timing in events. Moses could not come before or after this period or the timing would be off. Likewise, Jesus had to be baptized right on time as well because of Daniel’s prophecy in 9:24-27. The same is true with even the antichrist timing. So, have you considered the fact that you may have been born at a specific time as well?

Friday, March 23, 2018

Today’s number is sixty-five because sixty-three and sixty-four are not found in the Bible. And of the few choices we have, Genesis 5:21 says, “And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah.” This is a significant reference because the purpose of Methuselah was to identify when the flood would actually come. Basically, the year he died was the year of the flood. Today, many try to declare the same with Billy Graham, in that they say, “This is the year of the Holy Spirit pouring out of fire because of a prophecy surrounding his death.” There is nothing biblical about such and in reality, there is actually a prediction of a false fire (false Holy Spirit) before Jesus returns. “He doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men” (Revelation 13:13). And with this false fire of false miracles, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). So, are you given into the false prophecy and open to the false spirit, or are you “sober, and watch unto prayer” (1 Peter 4:7)?

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Today’s number is sixty-two, and of the few choices we had, we chose Daniel 5:31, which says, “And Darius the Median took the kingdom, [being] about threescore and two years old.” The verse before says, “In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain” (Daniel 5:30). And what was the state of Belshazzar? “Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand” (Daniel 5:1). He was drunk. So, which is greater? A drunk young guy or a sober old guy? Will you consider, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8)?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Today’s number is sixty-one, and the only choice is Numbers 31:39, which says, “And the asses [were] thirty thousand and five hundred; of which the LORD'S tribute [was] threescore and one.” And from what we see, we always should keep in mind that all things are made possible by God and rightly ought to be given a portion. How much do you give to God? Nothing, very little, a bit, tithe or ten percent, or beyond that with offerings?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Today’s number is sixty because fifty-seven, fifty-eight, and fifty-nine are not found in the Bible, and of the few choices that we had, we chose Numbers 7:88, which says, “And all the oxen for the sacrifice of the peace offerings [were] twenty and four bullocks, the rams sixty, the he goats sixty, the lambs of the first year sixty. This [was] the dedication of the altar, after that it was anointed.” During the dedication of the temple in the desert, we see among all of the animals that were sacrificed, several were sacrificed in the quantity of sixty each. Now this leads into the importance of the sanctuary especially in the Christian life for “Thy way, O God, [is] in the sanctuary” (Psalms 77:13). The sanctuary service is a picture representation of the whole plan of salvation detailing from the cross to the second coming and beyond. From studying the sanctuary, the state of the dead and the resurrections (Christ’s with those that came out of the grave [Matthew 27:52] and those at the second coming [1 Corinthians 15:23]) are clearly laid out and none should be deceived with the notion that there are loved ones walking around in Heaven when in fact they are sleeping in the grave awaiting the resurrection. The sequence of the rapture and status of beings on earth during the millennium is all laid out so none be deceived in thinking there is a secret rapture and temporal millennium on earth when in fact the righteous are actually taken to Heaven after the tribulation to open the books and judge. And none need be deceived in regards to the relationship between grace, faith, and the law, where grace does not do away with obedience to the Ten Commandments. Much more is detailed in the sanctuary service that none need be deceived on many more topics. So, will you frequently look to and study the sanctuary service?

Monday, March 19, 2018

Today’s number is fifty-six and it is found only in Ezra 2:22, which says, “The men of Netophah, fifty and six.” To understand why these people are being numbered, we go back to the first verse, which says, “Now these [are] the children of the province that went up out of the captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city.” These people are part of the number of families that left Babylon after the captivity and headed back to Jerusalem. So, when they got back home, did they go into the temple and have a big celebration? Ezra 3:6 says, “From the first day of the seventh month began they to offer burnt offerings unto the LORD. But the foundation of the temple of the LORD was not [yet] laid.” And the answer is, “No.” They needed to rebuild not only the temple but Jerusalem, as prophesied in Daniel 9:24-27. But many Christians take part of that prophecy to mean, “Oh, it didn’t apply to the second temple; there’s a third one to be rebuilt.” And this would be error, and such would not be a big deal, but connected to that error are many others preparing many, many Christians for destruction. There is no hint at the prophecy pointing to rebuilding Jerusalem twice, especially the temple. When a person describes a building project with a timeline and the building is not yet built, it is safe to assume it is the very next building to be built and not yet another one in its place unless explicitly stated. So, are you given into the lie about a third temple being built in our day because certain people who do not accept the Bible as the complete authority from God but rather go by tradition, or do you see how Daniel’s prophecy applies to these events being described in Ezra’s day?

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The numbers fifty-three and fifty-four do not appear in the Bible, so today’s number is fifty-five and the only choice in two Books of the Bible is, 2 Kings 21:1, which says, “Manasseh [was] twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name [was] Hephzibah.” 2 Chronicles 33:1 says, “Manasseh [was] twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem.” It is also said of him, “And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke [him] to anger. And he set a graven image of the grove that he had made in the house, of which the LORD said to David, and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever: Neither will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of the land which I gave their fathers; only if they will observe to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them. But they hearkened not: and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than did the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the children of Israel” (2 Kings 21:6-9). A lot of times Christians are far worse than atheists. Instead of children passing through the fire, they watch countless hours of videos and video games. They observe Halloween and other annual holidays that God never intended. They are into Harry Potter, Disney, and other magical enchantments. Graven images are replaced with figurines and posters of movie characters that provoke the Lord. They are taught to disregard the Ten Commandments, a copy handed from God’s original set in Heaven to Moses and are told the lie that grace replaces the law. And they disregard the teachings of the Bible and many times, the Bible itself. And then parents wonder why their teens and young adults are not into God as much as their parents are. Wonder no more. So, how are you raising your children? How were you raised?

Friday, March 16, 2018

The number fifty-one does not appear in the Bible but fifty-two does, and of the few choices we have, we choose Nehemiah 6:15, which says, “So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth [day] of [the month] Elul, in fifty and two days.” This verse tells us that Daniel 9:25 was fulfilled and if anyone is looking for a third temple to be built, they are ignoring scripture, especially since it was all about rebuilding Jerusalem and not necessarily focused on the temple. Now rebuilding Jerusalem does include the temple, but it just is not the focus. Daniel 9:25 says, “Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.” And troublous times they had “For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and [so] builded. And he that sounded the trumpet [was] by me” (Nehemiah 4:18). Can you imagine? The focus is on rebuilding but they had to be on constant guard with swords at the ready because they were building under very difficult and dangerous conditions. Nehemiah’s activity happened after Daniel’s prophecy, so how can it not be the fulfillment? The answer is, that is because it is the fulfillment. So, do you listen to the thousands of false teachers, preachers, and prophets trying to misguide flocks of people into a false prophecy, or do you see through the deception that begun in the 1500’s to counteract the truth that is credited to Martin Luther?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Today’s number is fifty and of the number of verses containing the number fifty, we chose the argument that Jesus had in John 8:56-58, which says, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw [it], and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” Taking notice of the closing words that ended the conversation, Jesus declared He was the “I AM” of the Old Testament that met with Abraham. That means that the God of the Old Testament was not the Father, for we were cut off from Him after Adam and Eve sinned, but the God of the Old Testament was Jesus. That also means that not only did Jesus talk to Abraham directly, He told Moses, “Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you” (Exodus 3:14). Therefore, the copy of the Ten Commandments given to Moses came from Jesus, not the Father. Further, when Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15), He was talking about the Ten Commandments. So, will you listen to Jesus, the Great I AM, and keep the Ten Commandments?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Today’s number is forty-nine and of the very few verses, we choose Leviticus 25:8, which says, “And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years.” Every forty-nine years was considered ordinary years. This did not mean people had lived selfishly for those years but it was a build up to a special year, a looking forward to a special moment in time, just like today is. Every year is pretty ordinary but there is coming a year in which Jesus shall return. That means we ought to be living these years to Him building up, climaxing in His return. So, how are you spending your years?

Monday, March 12, 2018

Today’s number was supposed to be forty-seven but such is not found in the Bible so we move onto forty-eight, which our only choice is referenced twice on the same matter. It is found in Numbers 35:7 as well as Joshua 21:41. “[So] all the cities which ye shall give to the Levites [shall be] forty and eight cities: them [shall ye give] with their suburbs” (Numbers 35:7). The Levites were not given a territory (Joshua 13:14). Their job as priests were to be accessible throughout the land of Israel. They had forty-eight cities of which six cities were cities of refuge. This is not the same as sanctuary cities of today. Such cities were provided for a trial in accidental death situations. If it were murder, then the city would not house such a person, in fact, they would be put to death (Numbers 35:16). This is something modern day sanctuary cities and now states ought to reconsider. If it was proven to be accidental, they then were to stay in the city to live out their days until the high priest of that city died (Numbers 35:25). But what modern day sanctuary cities lack is the fact that a trial still took place (Numbers 35:24). So, are you in support of housing even criminals in sanctuary cities, or do you believe such people should be put on trial and execute the consequences if found guilty?

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Today’s number is forty-six and the only verse containing it is John 2:18, which says, “Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body.” Focusing upon the physical temple, this verse is not obscurely in the Bible, and this one particularly reveals how false the futurist’s understanding is of the Bible happens to be. They are looking for a future rebuilding of a temple to usher in the antichrist. This is supposedly based upon Daniel 9:27 for just about all denominations agree up to verse 26 that fulfillment are the years leading up to the first coming. The disagreement is that historians see Jesus fulfilling verse 27 between His baptism, crucifixion ending the sacrificial system, and Stephen being stoned ending the time for Israel and now we are in Gentile time and will be until Jesus returns. Futurists throw the verse into the future as another seven-year period for Israel’s salvation, but get this, the rebuilding of the temple is in verse 25 and not even hinted at in verse 27. Daniel is told these verses while the first temple was laid destroyed. Therefore, logical sense points to the building of the second temple and not a third. And this is confirmed by the fact that verse 25 says, “seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks.” Now, all agree, even futurists, that weeks are literal days of 49 days, and 60 days and 14 days and that God has a prophetic “each day for a year” principle (Numbers 14:34, Ezekiel 4:6). Now notice God did not simply say, “threescore and nine weeks” but specifically broke out seven weeks, which is the same as 49 days or literal years. And here, we see the temple being built in just under that time being 46 years. If it were 42 years or less that the temple was rebuilt, then God would have foretold it using the words, “six weeks and threescore and three weeks,” but He did not. So, do you see that there is no third temple foretold because it is nowhere to be found in Daniel 9:27 and further confirmed to be within the 49-year period foretold of God, or do you insist on believing the error?

Friday, March 09, 2018

Today’s number was to be forty-three or even forty-four but neither one is found in the Bible, so today’s number is forty-five, and of the two choices, we chose Joshua 14:10, which says, “And now, behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spake this word unto Moses, while [the children of] Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I [am] this day fourscore and five years old.” Did you know that of all of the people that left Egypt on the leadership of Moses, only Joshua and Caleb entered the promised land? It was because these two were found faithful, hence Joshua is stating how he was kept alive by God through those years. That is because he was found faithful. Can the past forty-five years be said of you? Of course, if you are younger than forty-five, can your life reflect the same? How about the past forty-five months? How about the past forty-five weeks? How about at least the past forty-five days? Hours? Minutes? How sad Christians have become where so many mingle with the sins of the world forgetting that just one bite of fruit from the forbidden tree plunged us into this mess and we cannot stay away from a “little” sinning for a mere forty-five minutes. All it takes is to participate in cutting jokes, angry thoughts, and the clock begins again. So, will you strive, by the grace of God, to “have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16)?

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Today’s number is forty-two and of the very few choices we have, we choose, Revelation 13:5 “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months.” This forty-two months is equivalent to “a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days” (Revelation 12:6), “a time, and times, and half a time” (Revelation 12:14), “a time and times and the dividing of time” for God’s months are of thirty days each and forty-two of them equals one thousand and sixty days. Now, futurists take these numbers literally as a three-and-a-half-year period while they use God’s “each day for a year” principle (Numbers 14:34, Ezekiel 4:6) upon Daniel 9:27, which says, “he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.” This is how they fit the antichrist into a future seven-year period (seven days in a week each representing a year), but that is inconsistent application of principle: “If it fits, use it, if not, do not”? The fact is, all protestant denominations used to believe these periods of time to be both using “each day for a year” and refer to separate events. The week of time is in regard to the last week of Jesus’ life in which he ministered for three and a half years causing the sacrificial system to cease while confirming the total time of four hundred and ninety days (years) (Daniel 9:24) as applying to the Jews (Matthew 10:5). As for the forty-two month period, they labeled the papacy as the antichrist and identified the period of time it ruled pretty much unchallenged to be from 538AD until 1798AD, where she ruled by decree from falling Rome making the papacy the head bishop over all bishops until physically removed from the throne by the French army. The rest of the prophecy predicts “one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed” (Revelation 13:3) and therefore the papacy would regain dominance again, and she is almost there. This is called historic understanding of prophecy. And by the way, futurism understanding was a theory generated by a Jesuit named Francisco Ribera during the counter reformation period in the 1500’s. So, which theory are you going to believe? One put out by the antichrist, which almost all Evangelicals believe today, or one based upon fifty plus other points pointing to who the antichrist is?

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Today’s number is forty-one and of the very few choices we have, we choose, 1 Kings 15:9-14, which says, “And in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel reigned Asa over Judah. And forty and one years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name [was] Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom. And Asa did [that which was] right in the eyes of the LORD, as [did] David his father. And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from [being] queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt [it] by the brook Kidron. But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa's heart was perfect with the LORD all his days.” We do not know why the high places were not removed. Did he not have time to remove them? Was he distracted? The bottom line is that his heart was perfect. Now, removing all of the idols was no simple task as even his own mother refused to give them up, therefore, it could not have been simply that he did not feel like dealing with it or compromising with it. Allowing evil is not being perfect, yet his heart was declared to be perfect. So, have you removed all of your known idols or sins from your life, not worrying about unknown until it is revealed (Acts 17:30), or are you convinced that as long as you love God in your heart, it does not matter what you do in your life, which is nowhere taught in the Bible and is a false hope?

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Today’s number is forty and of the many choices we have, we choose Luke 4:1-2, which says, “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.” And Jesus “was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin” (Hebrews 4:15), which are “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16). And after our conversion, we are “to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6) so much so “that ye sin not” (1 John 2:1), in fact, “Be ye therefore perfect” (Matthew 5:48). And we are to “have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16) “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). So, what allowance do you see for continuing to sin if we are to be like Jesus?

Monday, March 05, 2018

Today’s number is thirty-nine and this one was tricky for it is not in the Bible as directly as one would expect. Instead, a little math was required. 2 Corinthians 11:24 says, “Of the Jews five times received I forty [stripes] save one.” Forty minus one is thirty-nine. And Paul suffered the lashing five times. It is hard enough to experience such just once, yet we have this example in which smacks against today’s compromising Christians. If Paul was not willing to budge on the truth so much so that he was willing to be whipped five times for thirty-nine lashes per time, how dare Christians think it is alright today to not take a firm stance instead of calling God by the name of Allah, one of the Hindu gods, or sympathize with the Jews looking for a future Messiah, which rejects Jesus as the Messiah! So, how deep are you into the world belief that all religions are acceptable to God?

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Today’s number is thirty-eight and of the few choices we have, we turn to Jesus. “After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep [market] a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time [in that case], he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath” (John 5:1-9). Some ask, “Why would Heaven do such a thing and not heal everyone?” That is because Heaven was not behind this. It was a superstition. The angel is that of an evil angel so as to encourage the spirit of competition, the spirit of being first, and even trampling upon others who are weaker not “preferring one another” (Romans 12:10) is not something Heaven would encourage. Evil angels have the ability to remove an infliction that they were responsible for placing upon someone in the first place. Now others retort, “Why would an evil angle do such a good thing as healing?” And that is an easy question to answer. Evil angels do not perform only evil acts continually but will do good to achieve an evil result such as believing in superstition, encourage selfishness, or other obtain an evil goal. So, when the Bible states the word “angel” and a good thing happens, do you automatically assume God is behind it, or do you investigate all aspects of the supposed miracle?

Friday, March 02, 2018

Today’s number is thirty-seven and the only choice we have is 2 Samuel 23:39 explained by 2 Samuel 23:8, which says, “These [be] the names of the mighty men whom David had: … thirty and seven in all.” David could trust these people for they were fearless and faithful. Now, King David was a type of Christ. That means Christ is looking for fearless and faithfuls as well. How do I know? God has a list of people going to hell and the first on the list is, “But the fearful … shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8). And notice the description of who is on Jesus’ side. “They that are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful” (Revelation 17:14). To be fearless is to do that which God commands without fearing Satan or human reactions to us taking such a stance. To be faithful is to handle the responsibilities without wavering just like Jesus taught in the parable of the talents and said, “Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matthew 25:21). Also remember, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]” (1 Corinthians 10:13). That means, a faithful person is entrusted with the temptations and will bear them faithfully showing Satan, the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10), that God indeed has faithful people on earth. So, are you fearless and faithful, or do you look for excuses to allow sin and are concerned what others may think if you completely surrender to Christ?

Thursday, March 01, 2018

People sacrifice for what is most important. Jesus sacrificed all for us. Some sacrifice life for TV. Some sacrifice family for becoming famous or rich. Some sacrifice all to be a Christian. What do you sacrifice for?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Today’s number is thirty-six and the only choice we have is Joshua 7:5, which says, “And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them [from] before the gate [even] unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.” This little weak group of people called Ai was to be an easy defeat. Israel did not even think it was necessary to take the entire army or even a large group. Three thousand should have been enough to defeat Ai (Joshua 7:4), but because of one person’s sin in the camp (Joshua 7:1), Israel not only lost the battle but also lost thirty-six lives that day. This spiritually applies to us in that if we make excuse for one sin, no matter how small we think it happen to be, it will lead to being overcome by Satan in other areas. Therefore, if we declare that a movie or TV show using foul language is excusable, do not be surprised at the struggles of trying to keep anger under control. So, what little sin or sins in your life are leading you to be overcome in other areas?

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Today’s number is thirty-five and of the few choices that we had, we chose 2 Chronicles 20:31-33, which says, “And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: [he was] thirty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name [was] Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not from it, doing [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD. Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.” Here again we have an example of someone appearing to live godly but does not eradicate all sin. Any sin that remains, no matter how small, will rise up and be a destroying agent. All of those people, despite being called of God’s name, were lost. Therefore, all today who call themselves Christian, it is foolishness to think your works do not reveal that you really are not Christian. So again, have you taken the name Christian but refuse to live in complete obedience to all that God commands, or have you surrendered all and are open to whatever else God commands?

Monday, February 26, 2018

Today’s number is thirty-four and the only choice we have is Genesis 11:16, which says, “And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg.” In addition to this verse, the Bible further states, “And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one [was] Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name [was] Joktan” (Genesis 10:25), which reinforces Genesis 11:9, “Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” And since then, humans have been working towards undoing the curse, to speak one language, to become unified under the wrong premise. And today, we have nearly achieved it with the English language, or at least the numerous devices that translates immediately what another says. The Bible further predicts that under this unity, “the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed” (Revelation 13:12). So, are you part of the wrong unifying movement that will eventually persecute those that do not go along with the unification, or are you part of the “saints” that “keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12)?

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Today’s number is thirty-three and of the three choices, we chose 1 Kings 2:11, which says, “And the days that David reigned over Israel [were] forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem.” The number connects us with David, which many unconverted Christians hold up as an example of sanctified sin. Since the Bible speaks of how David will eventually enter Heaven, they say, “David committed adultery, murder, numbered Israel when he should not have, and had many wives and concubines along with being comforted in his old age by the warmth of some teenage girl, therefore I am fine in my smaller sins.” What nonsense! The sins are recorded to show punishments, repentance, and examples. Also, just because everyone else was doing it does not make it right for us. Abraham had to be taught the way of God, so lying twice about being married led to having to sacrifice his son. Likewise, David saw sons die, even people of his own nation for his sin. Martin Luther, one of the reformers, smoke and drank. That does not condone smoking and drinking today as we have learned the truth about all of the supposed allowance verses, like Jesus did not endorse a drunken wedding party in Cana. So, do you use David as your example to allow continuance of sin in your life, or do you accept the direct command, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not” (1 John 2:1)?

Friday, February 23, 2018

Today’s number is thirty-two and of the few choices, we chose 2 Chronicles 21:5-6, which says, “Jehoram [was] thirty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought [that which was] evil in the eyes of the LORD.” If Jehoram married the daughter of Ahab, that means that the whole Elijah and fire coming down incident was not too long past. To go into evil in such a short period of time reminds me of many who experience God personally in their life, even multiple times, and then quickly forget His blessing, deliverance, action, even a miracle, and they return to their sins. Are you one that is amazed at God’s movement in your life from time to time only to return to sinning, or do these actions of God encourage you in a holier lifestyle?

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Today’s number is thirty-one and of the few choices, we chose 2 Chronicles 34:1, which says, “Josiah [was] eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years. And he did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined [neither] to the right hand, nor to the left.” So, do you turn to the left or right from God’s straight and narrow path, or are you traveling on that narrow way?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Today’s number is thirty and of the numerous choices, we chose Luke 3:21-23, which says, “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age”. He had remained in obscurity until He was thirty because thirty was the designated age for the ministry (Numbers 4:3, 23, 30, 35, 39, 43, 47). Speaking of His ministry, if all Jesus was doing was proving to be someone to be believed upon, then why did He spend so much time teaching in addition to His miracles? He taught, “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). So, do you deny yourself and take up the challenge of holy living, or do you just claim to believe cheapening His ministry?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Today’s number is twenty-nine and of the limited choices, we chose Genesis 11:24, which says, ”And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah.” So at twenty-nine years old, Nahor had Terah. Who is Terah? Abram’s father making Nahor Abram’s granddad. From the time of Noah, we have Shem, Arphaxad, Salah, Eber, Peleg, Reu, Serug, Nahor, and Terah. Keep in mind, people still lived a few hundred years, unlike today. The point is, from Shem to Nahor, the world after the flood once again turned to evil so much so that Abram is told, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred” (Genesis 12:1). In a simple time of eight generations with much overlap so as to be reminded of the flood events, how quickly these people have forgotten what caused the flood is unbelievable, but is it so unbelievable of how far the world has gone today from the time of the cross to now without much overlap in generation and shorter time spans? But, are you a contributor to the evil in the world, or are you letting God’s light shine to fight off the evil?

Monday, February 19, 2018

Today’s number is twenty-eight and with limited choices, we chose, 2 Kings 10:36, which says, “And the time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria [was] twenty and eight years.” Interestingly, “Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel” (2 Kings 10:28), “But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin” (2 Kings 10:31). Is that not like a lot of Christians today? I am not referring to those that believe in “once saved, always saved” for most of them will act a little good, but if there be anything that crosses what they really do not want to change on, they throw up their hands and claim that they are saved already. Therefore, they do not even cast away Baal or Sunday worship let alone the so called little sins. But for those that know Christians are not to be living in sin, many will give up the big ones, including giving up Sunday for God’s holy Sabbath day, but excuse the little ones. “Oh, pornography is wrong, but watching TV with a lot of sensual scenes is life.” “Oh, stealing is wrong, but taking things from the office is something that is expected.” “Lying about events and situations is wrong, but Santa and the Easter Bunny is just a fun seasonal thing with children.” And in the end, they shall wonder why they shall be lost. So, have you cleaned up your life but are still holding on to what you deem are “little sins”, or have you chosen to serve God with “your whole spirit and soul and body” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)?

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Today’s number is twenty-seven and with only two choices, we chose, 2 Kings 15:1-5, which says, “In the twenty and seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel began Azariah son of Amaziah king of Judah to reign. Sixteen years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned two and fifty years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name [was] Jecholiah of Jerusalem. And he did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah had done; Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places. And the LORD smote the king, so that he was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house. And Jotham the king's son [was] over the house, judging the people of the land.” Let this be a lesson to all of us as God does not change. If we do everything else in our life in a righteous manner yet hold onto or allow just one known sin in our life, it and God will destroy us. This is what is meant by “With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments” (Psalms 119:10). And Peter wrote, “be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2 Peter 3:14). And Paul wrote, “That thou keep [this] commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Timothy 6:14). And there are many more verses available to share. So, what in your life are you excusing, or have you surrendered all of your sins and ceased from them since “sin shall not have dominion over you”?

Friday, February 16, 2018

Today’s number is twenty-six, and the only choice we have is, 1 Kings 16:8, which says, “In the twenty and sixth year of Asa king of Judah began Elah the son of Baasha to reign over Israel in Tirzah, two years. And his servant Zimri, captain of half [his] chariots, conspired against him, as he was in Tirzah, drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza steward of [his] house in Tirzah. And Zimri went in and smote him, and killed him, in the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned in his stead.” No wonder the Bible says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Any use of alcohol, or mind influencing drugs even, alters our ability to resist the devil, and in that state, we may die. And if we die in that state, as so many young people do because of their curiosity or other excuse, we shall be lost eternally. So, is that sip or that drug use really worth eternal life?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Today’s number is twenty-five and of the choices we had, we chose Ezekiel 8:15-16, which says, “Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen [this], O son of man? turn thee yet again, [and] thou shalt see greater abominations than these. And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, [were] about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.” This is blatant sun worship right in the house of God! Ezekiel is given a vision of such, and with Paul stating, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (1 Corinthians 10:11), we see the application of sun worship right in the Christian Church today. Without any command of scripture, except by implication, sun rise services for a pagan day known as Ishtar translated into Easter is practiced worldwide. On top of that, Christmas is a pagan day that celebrates the rebirth of the sun. Easter itself is a fertility celebration with eggs, chicks, and bunnies regarding the sun. And then to top it off, just because Jesus rose on a Sunday, Sunday is treated as the Christian Sabbath when in fact, Constantine, a supposed new convert to Christianity, is the one that instituted such and the Catholic Church adopted, being the only Christian Church in town, of which the Protestants willingly adopted and even defend today. So, how much of sun worship do you practice that God calls an abomination? If Jesus wanted us to keep Easter, Christmas, or Sunday, “if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God” (Hebrews 4:8-9), “For he spake in a certain place of the seventh [day] on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works” (Hebrews 4:4).

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Today’s number is twenty-four and of the very limited choices, we chose Revelation 4:10-11, which says, “The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” And so today, do you follow the example and give all honor to Jesus by living a righteous life or do you give honor to Satan by retaining sin? Do you believe in God’s power (2 Peter 1:3) to even keep you from sinning?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Today’s number is twenty-three and of the very limited choices, we chose Judges 10:1-2, which says, “And after Abimelech there arose to defend Israel Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir in mount Ephraim. And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and died, and was buried in Shamir.” At this point, Joshua is long dead and King Saul is not in the picture yet. Basically, we have a period of time that there is no single leader to look to, since judges were used, well, to judge. God is the only King at this point, much like we ought to have it today, but people today look to pastors to tell them what to believe, many, even of non-Catholics, look to the pope, others have their favorite televangelist. God is to be our only moral father for even Jesus said, “call no [man] your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven” (Matthew 23:9), referring to the spiritual aspect and not the biological since even the Bible has numerous references of calling people father in the biological sense. The only way we can have such a relationship with a being that does not speak audibly to us nor is visibly walking with us is by reading His Word each and every day to know more and more of His character. So, who is your spiritual leader? Human beings or God?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Today’s number is twenty-two and of the several choices we had, we chose 1 Kings 16:29, which says, “And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two years.” With Ahab comes quite a few parallel prophecies in our day that matches with the antichrist. For instance, a false religion was introduced and enforced by the state (Jezebel and Ahab together slaughtering all the ministers of God - 1 Kings 18:4). The three and a half years of lack of rain in the land (James 5:17) matching the symbolic three and a half year reign of antichrist during the dark ages. The true prophets of God hiding during that time (1 Kings 18:4) matching those who held to the true Word of God hiding from antichrist during the dark ages. Fire show down to prove who is God (1 Kings 18:24) where the true God answered by fire (1 Kings 18:38) but this time the false will answer (Revelation 13:13). Many more parallels could be brought out but suffice it to be said, will you study the life of Elijah seeking to know what has happened, what is happening, and what will happen shortly to come?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Today’s number is twenty-one and from the four references, three of which repeat, we chose the verse in Daniel 10:13 over the number of years Zedekiah reigned. “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.” The question is, who is Michael? Up until the time of the Jehovah Witness came along, pretty much everyone agreed it was Jesus, but when the Jehovah Witness tried to claim that Jesus is a created being, all kinds of stories emerged removing the title from Jesus. That is what Michael is: it is a title. Even the Hebrew reveals the definition, “Who is like God”. So, when Jesus said that He was the “I am” (John 8:58), He declared that He was God. The Bible says, “Michael and his angels fought against the dragon” (Revelation 12:7), so He commands the angels. Jude 1:9 says, “Michael the archangel” and “said, The Lord rebuke thee”, again, identifying that Jesus is the leader of the angels as well as calling Himself “Lord”. Archangel does not mean that Jesus has to be an angel to be a leader just like Bill Clinton did not have to be a military person to be the leader of the armed forces when he was president, which was the first president never to serve in a military capacity. Daniel 12:1 really sheds light on the identity for it says, “Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people”. Only God can stand up for the people and have “many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2). Besides, in the verse we are looking at, Michael is more powerful than the messenger angel being sent to Daniel. So, a being more powerful than an angel, referred to as Michael, comes to aid of the angel being resisted for twenty-one days by the Devil, represented by the kingdom of Persia. And finally, the leader of the angels raises the dead, an ability reserved to Jesus Christ. “The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16), and “The dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live” (John 5:25). So, do you believe Jesus and Michael are one in the same being God, or have you fallen for the stories of there being quadrants of angels each having an angel leader attributing to Michael powers that of God?

Friday, February 09, 2018

Today’s number is twenty, and from the plethora of verses containing the number, we chose Genesis 37:28, which says, “Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty [pieces] of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.” Joseph in Egypt has so many lessons for us including, as a slave, able to work one’s way up to be head of the slaves; when faced with a sexual situation or any sin, able to flee from it; as a prisoner, to be placed in a trusted position in the prison; and again, as a prisoner to be placed second in command of all the land of Egypt. What it reveals is character. Character is basically the only thing we can take to Heaven. How is your character?

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Today’s number is nineteen, and from the seven references in the Bible, two of which repeat, we pick on that one. “Now in the fifth month, in the tenth [day] of the month, which [was] the nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, [which] served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem, And burned the house of the LORD, and the king's house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great [men], burned he with fire: And all the army of the Chaldeans, that [were] with the captain of the guard, brake down all the walls of Jerusalem round about” (Jeremiah 52:12). Now, with all of that broken down, Daniel is told, “Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times” (Daniel 9:25). Logical sense tells us that this was fulfilled under Ezra of which Jesus Himself walked into that reconstruction, yet, so that all the prophecies of obedience is taken off of the backs of Christians, a made-up prophecy of a future temple is being promoted with a future antichrist. Does anyone else see the lie behind this belief? Even our daily evening post reveals from the book of Romans how the nation of Israel is no longer God’s favored people. So, are you being led to believe in a future reconstruction of the temple in Jerusalem, or do you see that such a prophecy was already fulfilled right after the vision given to Daniel?

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Today’s number is eighteen, and from all of the verses containing the number eighteen, we pick on one of Jesus’ miracles. “And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?” (Luke 13:16) By performing this miracle on the Sabbath day in no wise was attempting to end the Sabbath observance but to show proper observance of it for Jesus said, “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath” (Mark 2:27-28). I would expect Jesus to be Lord of the Sabbath for referring to Jesus, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3), that means He created it. Further, by stating, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58) and telling Moses “I AM hath sent me unto you” (Exodus 3:14), that means Jesus also was the one that commanded, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates: For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:8-11). So, if you are against the true Sabbath, will you reconsider your position? If you clearly see this truth about the Sabbath, will you keep it?

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Today’s number is seventeen, and from the very limited number of verses, we choose two. “In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened” (Genesis 7:11). “And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat” (Genesis 8:4). Exactly from the seventeenth of one month to the seventeenth of the other, we see a precise period of 150 days. God’s precision is beyond human calculation therefore, we are able to take the various Bible timelines, see their fulfillments, and believe that the Bible is the true Word of God. Do you believe God’s Word to be true?

Monday, February 05, 2018

Today’s number is sixteen. And from a limited number of verses, we chose “And they shall be eight boards, and their sockets [of] silver, sixteen sockets; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board” (Exodus 26:25), which is a verse regarding the building of the tabernacle in the desert. Now this tabernacle was not just some place on earth to worship God in, but an “example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, [that] thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount” (Hebrews 8:5). That means that even today, Jesus is “A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man” (Hebrews 8:2). So, do you know your High Priest personally?

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Today’s number is fifteen. And of all the verses containing the number fifteen, we quote, “Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness” (Luke 3:1-2). We were led here by the reference to Caesar reigning fifteen years at this point, but all of the other references are important too because a particular event is very precisely identified. “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased” (Luke 3:21-22). This fulfills the prophecies of Daniel 9, which many Christians try to take away from pointing to Jesus and instead point it to antichrist with a seven-year tribulation. And, so do you see how Jesus was anointed as predicted and the Messiah welcomed, or are you working against Christ believing it has nothing to do with Jesus exchanging it for a future event of a different Messiah coming to the Jews, of which the Bible rejects a number of times as being God’s people anymore?

Friday, February 02, 2018

Today’s number is the number fourteen, and of all the number fourteens in the Bible, we have chosen Leviticus 23:5, which says, “In the fourteenth [day] of the first month at even [is] the LORD'S passover.” “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). “And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36). With Jesus being our Passover Lamb, do you spend time each day beholding Him?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Today’s number is thirteen, and of all the number thirteens in the Bible, we have chosen 1 Kings 7:1, which says, “But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.” Most houses today are built in a matter of months. Even though they had to cut down trees to make their own lumber and hew rocks to fit into position, unlike today, where builders have ready built parts to the house and can easily slap things together and call it a house, thirteen years to build one’s own house is still a long time to build a humble abode. But that is just it; it was not so humble. And the story goes that he continued his building ways including building temples to pagan gods. The point to make here is the self-examination. How much time and money are we sinking into our own places of living while God’s message lays dormant?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Today’s number is twelve, and of all the number twelves in the Bible, we have chosen Revelation 21:21 describing the holy city. “And the twelve gates [were] twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city [was] pure gold, as it were transparent glass.” The reason this was chosen above the twelve fruits on the tree of life, twelve apostles, twelve tribes, and many other twelves is because if we keep our eyes focused upon wanting to enter into one of those twelve gates, to be able to walk the streets of gold, to simply want to go to Heaven, then all the distractions called sin would be powerless. So, how focused are you on wanting to be in the holy city with Jesus, meeting God the Father as well?

Monday, January 29, 2018

Today’s number is eleven, and of all the number eleven’s in the Bible, we have chosen the parable containing the number. “And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, [that] shall ye receive. So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them [their] hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that [were hired] about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny” (Matthew 20:6-9). The eleventh-hour workers are the last people to be used to take the gospel into the field, the world. Seeing that the Mark of the Beast is not here yet and Satan is not completely working with his deceptive miracles, which signifies the last events, all of us need to be at least the ninth hour workers. But we are so close to fulfillment that it is possible some of you may become those eleventh-hour workers. In either case, will you be one of His gospel workers today?

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Today’s number is ten. Of all the references to the number ten, we pick on tithe. “And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, [even] of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD” (Leviticus 27:32). So, a tenth is God’s. And, Jesus did not do away with it. “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier [matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone” (Matthew 23:23). And what does God say about not giving tithe? “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye [are] cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, [even] this whole nation” (Malachi 3:8-9). And the purpose for it is told to Timothy. "The laborer is worthy of his reward" (1 Timothy 5:18). So, will you give God His portion for the work of the ministry?

Friday, January 26, 2018

Today’s number is the number nine. Of all the references to the number nine, we pick on the reference to the cross. “And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost” (Luke 23:44). So, how much do you appreciate what Jesus, and the Father, went through to save you?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Today’s number is the number eight. And of all the eights in the Bible, we turn to 1 Peter 3:20, which says, “Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.” So, of the numerous people in the days of Noah, only a very few, eight souls were saved. That truly is few, but realize that Jesus said, “Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). And He also said, “But as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:37). Therefore, all the billions of Christians claiming “once saved, always saved” cannot be true. Only a few people will be saved. Revelation gives us a hint at the number. “And I heard the number of them which were sealed: [and there were] sealed an hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel” (Revelation 7:4). Proportionately speaking, that is not very many. So, are you striving to be part of the 144,000?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Today’s number is the number seven. “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made” (Genesis 2:2-3). “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath” (Mark 2:27). “Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God” (Hebrews 4:7-9). So, do you accept the gift of God, the seventh day Sabbath, or do you work yourself to death working all seven days or even keep a man-made sabbath?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Today’s Bible number is six, and of all of the sixes in the Bible, we pick on, the wedding feast miracle. “And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare [it]. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: [but] thou hast kept the good wine until now” (John 2:6-10). Although Jesus turned water into wine and although most wedding feasts today are inclusive of alcohol, Jesus could never do one thing against Bible principle, and the Bible is clear, “Wine [is] a mocker, strong drink [is] raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1). Besides, fermentation is symbolic of sin, and Jesus would not ever partake of sin, but to the unlearned, people automatically assume the word “wine” means alcohol, however that is not true. Wine simply refers to the liquid of the grape (Isaiah 65:8). So, do you see Jesus’ miracle as an encouragement to get tipsy, a buzz, feel good, even drunk, or did Jesus turn water into the tastiest form of grape juice?

Monday, January 22, 2018

Today’s Bible number is five, and of all of the uses of the number five, let us look at John 6:9, which says, “There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?” Well, Jesus is about to show us what such meager efforts to feed the crowd are in the hands of Jesus. “And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered [them] together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten” (John 6:10-13). If Jesus can multiple the meager efforts to feed such a crowd with but five barley loaves and two fishes, what makes you hesitate in believing that Jesus can multiple your meager efforts of overcoming sin by infusing them with the “exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4)?

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Of the Bible references to the number four, the Bible says, “And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads” (Revelation 7:1-3). With Romans 4:11 telling us that sign and seal are synonyms, Ezekiel 20:20 tells us what we are sealed with. “And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I [am] the LORD your God” (Ezekiel 20:20). That means the reason destruction has not common upon earth yet is because God is looking to seal people in the Sabbath truth. Now, are you one of them that keeps the Sabbath of God and not man?

Friday, January 19, 2018

“And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one” (1 John 5:8). Now, in our sequence of numbers, today is number three, and we take a look at the Godhead. Yes, we serve one God, but it is evident that there is “the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). The Father is usually accepted as God, but some are challenged by the other two. Isaiah 9:6 takes away the confusion regarding the Son. He was more than a human. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). He is the mighty God. He is the everlasting Father because, referring to Jesus, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). And so, “Seth, which was [the son] of Adam, which was [the son] of God” (Luke 3:38), with every one listed being the son of their father, Adam is the son of Jesus, who created all things. As, for the Holy Spirit being God, Jesus said, “I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever” (John 14:16). If Jesus was a type of comforter while walking the earth, and another is going to be sent, and He is referenced, they are equal. We have angels all around us and not once are they a comforter. In fact, anything less than God is not a comfort. If a mere middle being has to constantly get permission for something, let us cut out the middle being then because they are nothing more than a runner. But if that middle being has the same authority and is in agreement with the other two, then He does bring comfort. Do not confuse middle as replacing our only Intercessor. The Holy Spirit cannot intercede for us because He has no sacrifice to offer. Therefore, only Jesus can offer us forgiveness of our sins. But to be guided on a daily basis, that is the Holy Spirit’s job (John 16:13). To know what sin is, what righteousness is, and be prepared for the judgment, that is the job of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8). So, do you accept the Godhead, or do you make any of them less than God?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

“Have ye not read, that he which made [them] at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?” (Matthew 19:4-5). The word “twain” means “two”, our number for today. Of all the references to the word “two”, we pick on marriage. Though the two are separate beings, the Bible encourages being equally yoked. And when the two are equally yoked, they do become one. But too many marriages are entered in after engaging in marital activity with other partners, are selfish, go along with cutting down their spouses in jest, do not have the same goal, and basically are two separate beings living together. Each are to be one another’s helpmates. Once married, individual characters are not lost, but they are to be “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God” (Ephesians 5:21). So, to the married, are you equally yoked? To the unmarried, are you seeking after a person to be a godly helpmate?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

We are going to do a number association series with the Bible starting with the number one today and progressing each day. Though what we associate with the number may not match what you may be thinking, as long as it is biblical, it would be correct. For instance, the number one has many associations. One of the best series of verses that brings this out is in Ephesians 4:4-6, which says, “[There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.” So, do you believe in one true specific body of believers, one Holy Spirit, have one hope, one Lord being Jesus Christ, one faith, one baptism being single immersion, one God, or do you believe it does not matter what you believe or associate with, doubt that the Holy Spirit is a separate being, have a different belief, do not accept Jesus Christ, do not believe there is just one faith, accept multiple forms of baptism, or doubt that there is one God?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Faithfulness is not just believing in Jesus and not giving up that belief no matter the threat. Faithfulness is also always choosing God’s way in every circumstance one is placed into. Faithfulness is living God’s principles always. So, how faithful are you?

Monday, January 15, 2018

According to the computer, there are 16,777,216 different colors. Many of those colors are hard to distinguish while other colors are very easy, even in the same color family. Pink verses black as well as pink verses red are easy to distinguish. Other colors, like “Sea Green” and “Forest Green” are not so easy to tell apart. This ought to be an object lesson for us. We may vary on minor points of doctrine that are not salvation issues, but we ought to tell the difference between major points of doctrines, even in our own denomination. Yes, we ought to all believe the same thing (Matthew 24:14), but if you want to believe Jesus avoided wearing dark sandals because of what He taught (Luke 11:35 – “Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness”) and another believes that it did not matter, go ahead. But if you believe Sunday is the Sabbath and I believe that sunset Friday to sunset Saturday is the Sabbath, that is not open for allowance. So, do you seek to know the major points of Bible doctrine, or are you careless believing that all doctrines are acceptable to God?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

One of the difficult struggles to deal in avoiding sin, avoiding giving into temptation, is uncontrolled curiosity. Good curiosity is one thing, but that which enhances temptation is another. Curious about how cars work is one thing, but the curiosity of seeing the opposite gender’s private parts is another. Just remember, Eve was curious too and look at the mess we are in. So, how much does curiosity lead you into sin?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Isaiah 33:15-17 tells us to stop watching evil, which TV and movies often have. Although this is but a principle, there is a promised connected to these verses. “Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off” (Isaiah 33:17). That is Jesus our King Who is coming in His beauty, as well as vengeance (Isaiah 59:17), to take us to the heavenly promised land (John 14:1-3) and slay the wicked (2 Thessalonians 2:8). That makes this principle of turning the TV off and stop going to the movies a bit more than just a principle of God. It is a salvation issue. So, will you avoid watching this garbage on TV and in the movies?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Love for our brothers and sisters is not hiding our light under a bushel but letting our light shine. How is your light shining?

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Just because we can see how godly an activity happens to be and do not understand why we cannot do or have what we are asking God for does not mean it fits into God’s overall plans and therefore, may not be provided. So, are you content, even if you do not know why, when things do not proceed as you think they should?

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

With all of the choices off food, drink, entertainment, and such, how effective is the devil in distracting you from godliness?

Monday, January 08, 2018

Compromise in a Christian sense does not mean sacrificing discipline. If one is offered a choice between black and blue pens, where you prefer blue but everyone else wants black, then go with black. But when everyone wants to pitch in and get a huge salad with bacon in it, and you are the only one that says, “The Bible says we ought not eat such”, then there is no compromise. The same applies to going to different places, wearing certain clothing, etc. So, do you compromise the truth and principle, or do you stand firm when it is time to stand firm?

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Vivid pictures in our mind are to encourage us either to avoid sin or to live righteously, for instance, whenever people consider their old life looking at wanting to enjoy something they had given up for righteousness sake, they ought to think “As a dog returneth to his vomit, [so] a fool returneth to his folly” (Proverbs 26:11). So, are you like a dog licking up your own vomit, or are you better than a dog?

Friday, January 05, 2018

Remember, we ought to be able to learn object lessons of Heaven from objects around us, like new fallen snow. Before the snow plows, the salt, the tire tracks, all that was dirty is covered in complete white. This ought to remind us of experiencing forgiveness when “we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). In fact, the dirtiest objects around, given enough snow, will be blanketed in white, reminding us again that the dirtiest sin in our life can be forgiven. So, what do you see when you look at fresh snow? The coldness? The work before you in shoveling it away? Or, the white robe of Christ’s righteousness?

Thursday, January 04, 2018

If you have a liking to fruits over vegetables, just remember that our original diet was with fruits while vegetables were left out. Vegetables did not enter in until after sin and are harder to work for. So, which do you prefer, fruits, vegetables, neither, or both?

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Important things that slip one’s mind often must not be that important to that person after all. Do you remember to talk to God through prayer at the start of the day and periodically throughout the day?

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

“Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe” (John 4:48), and this sets up people for the last days. “He doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles” (Revelation 13:13-14). “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, [which] go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty” (Revelation 16:14). And yet, these people ignore one of the greatest signs of all times. “He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life” (John 5:24). How the Bible has been preserved through fire and attacks to us this day, revealed the accuracy by unearthing the Old Testament scriptures, and has all of the writers speaking in unison on any given topic covering a 2500-year period is just a miracle in itself. So, which is more important to you? The Bible or seeing signs?

Monday, January 01, 2018

Today is the start of the New Year. May it be dedicated to God’s service through obedience to His Word and furthering the gospel to others. And may we soon be gathered upon the Sea of Glass (Revelation 15:2) worshipping and praising God! Do your goals for the coming year match these for what else would be more important than these?

Sunday, December 31, 2017

How will you end the old year? One last hurrah! That means that you love that sin and want to seal the experience into the mind for remembrance sake as you deprive yourself of the enjoyment that you used to gain from it. It is the same concept with bachelor or bachelorette night before a wedding. The two should not be getting married if either thinks that their life is now over. Upon deciding to get married, the two should have already forsaken all other desires. And when it comes to a Christian New Year’s resolution, to have one last hurrah with sin is to give evidence that one is grudgingly going into that agreement of giving it up instead of praising God for being set free. So, what are your plans for today?

Friday, December 29, 2017

Have you considered that “the world passeth away” (1 John 2:17)? That means what you think is an important accomplishment and sink your entire life into it, if it is not something for furthering the kingdom of God, it will be forgotten in time. And the greatest amount of forgetting will happen at the second coming. Therefore, creating a mogul empire will eventually disappear. That hobby of collecting things will be forgotten in later generations and eventually burn away. Now we are not saying all hobbies are bad, but we have to keep in perspective. When people sink so much money and time into such for no benefit but to accomplish the goal of personal achievement while God’s message is left floundering financially and without workers, that is an issue. So, what is occupying your time and money? That which will disappear or that which will endure into eternity?

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Jesus said, “As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world” (John 17:18). Every Christian upon conversion is sent into the world to live and tell the live of Christ. So, what example of Christ do you reveal, not overall but every moment?

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

When people take advantage of other people because the others are generous, such is still considered stealing. And time is a very big theft. Taking someone up on their generous offer is one thing, but when it becomes a way of life, that is when the line has been crossed. And because such generous people are generous, they usually do not say anything in the form of a complaint or anything. So, are you careful to accept generous offers but not take advantage of them, or are you oblivious to such and keep on encroaching more and more?

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Jesus said, “[Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:17). So, do you have the right Holy Spirit in you? If so, you would seek the truth, but if you are indifferent towards the truth, then you must not have the Holy Spirit.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Although Jesus was not born today, although it is nice to think of God giving us His Son, just remember, Jesus is not the reason for the season. The reason is pagan and early Christians, mostly the Catholic Church, in an effort to win pagans, looked for a Christian reason to celebrate the rebirth of the sun festival. And that is the danger of trying to make Christianity fit into worldly practices -- it allows the Christians to become worldly. Although we do not sacrifice humans during this time, many worldly practices and customs have entered into Christian practices, none of which is guided by God’s Word, in fact, “the customs of the people [are] vain: for [one] cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not” (Jeremiah 10:3-4). Even though it is not an identical practice, should we be so close to this vain practice? That is because “[there is] no new [thing] under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). So, how much Jesus is in your celebration as compared to the worldly practices?

Sunday, December 24, 2017

As we approach the final week of 2017, how will you end it? You get to decide for yourself personally. Will it be “to eat and drink with the drunken” (Matthew 24:49), or will you “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak” (Matthew 26:41)?

Friday, December 22, 2017

“The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul” (Psalms 19:7) while a minister is to simply “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:2). People do not convert people. God converts people as long as the soul cooperates. So, are you trying to do too much? Do you expect too much from ministers? Do you know ministers trying to do too much?

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Victory over sin begins with praying for the desire for victory, otherwise, you are just dragging yourself along into compliance. So, what do you need God to put in your heart to hate?

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

So, Christians participate in the pagan day Christianized as Christmas. Many are all about putting Christ into Christmas. They may go to church the night before or the day of, but all other hours leading up to and including the day is not focused on Christ. Christians spend just as much money on buying gifts as non-Christians, a commercialism game. They justify this by finding a verse that tells of giving gifts from the wise men to Jesus at His birth forgetting that the gift was given to Jesus and not to each other. If Christ were really in Christmas, we would not be wanting to get gifts but would rather see all money spent to go to the furthering of the gospel, especially with the second coming so close and so many are yet deceived. So, do you spend an extra amount of time in personal prayer putting in Christ into Christmas or is skimped over or even forgotten? Do you spend the money towards God’s cause instead of aiding and abetting selfishness? Have you truly put Christ into Christmas?

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

As the countdown continues, are you ready for it? No, I am not talking counting down to Christmas or even New Years. Though we do not have a date, every day is one day close to the second coming. So, are you ready to meet Jesus face to face, or are you too busy to think about it?

Monday, December 18, 2017

People who complain about not being able to overcome sin usually do not want to obey the rules of avoiding those things that lead up to the sin. Have a problem with eating too much sugar, stop buying all those sweet drinks and snacks, but also avoid eating that which leads to it like the white foods: white bread, white pasta, white rice. Have problems with anger, stop watching TV, being on the Internet, etc. all of which may even be innocent but the stimulation tends to making the body nervous. Having trouble avoiding smoking or drinking, maybe it is time to get new friends. None of these may apply to your life directly but the point is, we need to take the extra measure of avoiding those things that lead up to it. For instance, you may not have any friends but still smoke. Maybe it comes down to avoiding a certain room, keeping busy during a certain period of the day, adding other good things to the life that requires work or discipline like a daily walk, drinking a whole lot of water. Whatever the case is, do you cut out those triggers in your life?

Sunday, December 17, 2017

A lot of people say to themselves, “Now that was stupid”, when they make a mistake. What is really stupid is to throw away eternal life for a little selfish pleasure, specifically sinning. So, what sin is worth Heaven to you?

Friday, December 15, 2017

Do you know how to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37)? Do you know how to “love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:39)? Jesus said, “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:40). Look at the Ten Commandments! Look at scriptures! And He only had the Old Testament available at the time. So, do you think Jesus replaced the Ten Commandments with our feelings of what we think it is to love, or do believe the first four commandments is our love to God and the last six is our love to our neighbor?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

When we are told to “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:2) that does not mean to be nasty with people, but by no means is one supposed to stay silent. So, do you make truth known despite the opposition, or do you hide your light of knowledge from others?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

When one does not feel like doing something and yet pushes through those feelings to get things accomplished, that is discipline in action. So, how disciplined are you, or do you allow excuses to get in the way?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Jesus said, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matthew 24:12). The fruit of the love waxing cold today is that instead of the thoughtfulness and care being put into a simple letter written by one’s own hand, we send a quick e-mail or even just a text, which no longer requires the time to even address it. One just clicks on the name from an impersonal list, types, and sends and we think we have acknowledged someone’s existence. The thought of even talking on the phone when a simple text can answer the question has become the norm in communicating. So, how has technology made your social interaction colder than what God intended?

Monday, December 11, 2017

Jesus said, “The harvest truly [is] plenteous, but the labourers [are] few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:37-38). And this is one sign that separates the true from the false Christians. True Christians become Christians and immediately go to work trying to bring others to the knowledge of the gospel setting people free by sharing the truth. The false Christians, if they even have a burden for souls, are in a false impression that if they are going to win others, they themselves must fit in and show what Christianity is without the necessity of speaking it. They do this by going to the same events (even sinful ones), go to the same movies, wear the same clothing, watch the same movies, talk about the same vain things, decorate their bodies in the same manner with piercings and tattoos, and much more. They fit in so much that they cannot be distinguished from those of the world. So, are you a true soul winning Christian, or are you deceived in simply wearing the name?

Sunday, December 10, 2017

If you do things God’s way, it is blessed. If you do things your way, there are curses, or at least a lack of a blessing. Which do you want?

Friday, December 08, 2017

Have you discovered your purpose in life yet? It is easy. According to the Bible, all of us have two purposes: be right with Him and help others to be right with Him. When we have this as our perspective, being a lawyer, doctor, construction person, housewife, teacher, programmer, accountant, etc. is all ancillary. So, who are you striving to be?

Thursday, December 07, 2017

The Bible says that true Christians would be able to “Beareth all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7). Are you able to do this or do you murmur and complain through it all?

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

What we practice is who we really are. So, do you pretend to be proud, annoying, etc., if so, that is really who you are.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Who we think we are and who we really are may be two different people. So, who are you really?

Monday, December 04, 2017

Many people watch TV and movies, not that we are advocating such, but people will admire characters who are persons of conviction, firm in the right way, steadfast even, but in reality, not only do they not even want to strive to be such people but they roll their eyes at people who are. They say of such, “You are just being difficult.” And if that is not the case, other people have trouble relating in one form or another to such a person, be it what to talk about, what to do with them, even what to provide as food. So, has TV and movies deadened your reality of real life conviction, or are you striving to be such and supportive of such a person?

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Timing is everything and Satan knows it. Just when a high point in a sermon is going to be given, a baby will cry, a child will fuss, a need to be excused, or something else will happen to distract. That is when everyone is responsible to make every effort to still pay attention to what is being said. So, how do you treat a sermon? Passing of time in church, or actually a message from God?

Friday, December 01, 2017

A new month has begun! What will the results be by the end of the month? “Choose you this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15), “whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness” (Romans 6:16). It is a moment by moment denying ourselves of our wants, desires, inklings, urges, etc. So, will it be self, sin, and Satan, or righteousness and Christ?

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Bible says, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation” (2 Peter 3:3-4). And in the United States, these seem to be prosperous times. The stock market soaring is a reflection of it. With nations and religions calling for peace, yet again people are unaware of what is happening. All of this and more simply aids to the lulling of people to sleep so that they are not concerned, yet “when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief” (1 Thessalonians 5:4). Why are some not in darkness? Because they “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). What has people scoffing, including many Christians, is that they hear about certain signs, like wars and earthquakes, and dismiss those signs because we always have had such. They do not realize that there are many more signs and they are pointing to the here and now. So, are you in darkness and oblivious that Jesus could be returning very, very soon? Or are you well studied seeing the more important signs, even the signs of the antichrist, and are trying to help other to see?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Many Christians do not want to be told what to eat and what not to eat, claiming that something will kill them sooner or later, so they might as well enjoy food. But they do not realize that such an attitude is a selfish one that not only injuries their bodies physically but may even cause eternal life as certain foods increase the baser passions, and we are not talking about sex alone. Certain foods increase a tendency towards anger, impatience, confusion, laziness, and much more. These traits are condemned in the Bible, and no, we will not be able to blame the food for our sinfulness. We are to avoid those foods and increase the intake of foods that will help us think clearly, build up a strong and healthy body, and be a useful instrument for God. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). So, do you eat to satisfy your taste buds, or do you eat to the glory of God?

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Jesus said, “In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also” (John 14:2-3). Now, do you want to see what that mansion will look like? Part of Jesus preparing a place is to prepare us to be there. So, will you allow Him to prepare you by submitting to Him through His Word every day even denying yourself and taking up the cross (Matthew 16:24)?

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Bible says, “Thy way, O God, [is] in the sanctuary” (Psalms 77:13). Since, “We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man” (Hebrews 6:20) How much of the sanctuary and the service do you know about?

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Many fight the battle of sin at the level of avoiding smoking, avoiding using foul language, avoiding adultery and fornication, avoiding anger, avoiding alcohol, avoiding…, avoiding…, avoiding…, and some even fight the battle of sin at the level of forcing themselves to spread the gospel, forcing themselves to be pleasant, forcing themselves to …, forcing themselves to …, etc. Although it is true that these are sins if we do not fight these battles, and there is an encouragement to those that know that sin is not only the avoiding of wrong acts but also making sure we do not neglect right acts, there is yet another, more important level to be fighting. “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34). It is the battle of selfishness. When any act is performed, even good acts, with self in mind, it is selfishness, and that is sin. That includes wanting to keep the commandments of God so we can go to Heaven. That is selfishness, and we will not be there. We ought to keep the commandments of God because Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). When we win the battle of selfishness, and “our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin” (Romans 6:6), then and only then will smoking, alcohol, foul language, adultery, fornication, and the rest cease. Then and only then will we have a love for spreading the gospel, seeking God daily in His Word, seeking God several times a day in prayer, being truly pleasant despite adverse conditions, and love gathering with His people. So, are you fighting the right battle, or are you simply picking off bad fruit that keeps reappearing?

Friday, November 24, 2017

The last three days we have been addressing why people do not study the Bible properly today. Here is yet another reason. The Bible says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalms 119:11). How does this relate to improper Bible study? People do not want to give up their sins or want to make excuses for their sins, so they use one of the previous methods mentioned. They either ignore the Bible completely relying upon ignorance to save them, or they study the Bible with an agenda searching for either an allowance to do the thing that was restricted, or they look for a removal of restrictions. For instance, those that insist on ignoring Leviticus 11’s restriction against unclean foods will imply activity, especially of Jesus, permitting such in the New Testament. They then try to enjoy their pork products, shell fish, and other things. In the process of supposed studying, they forget that even Noah, whom we all descend from, was under the same clean/unclean restrictions (Genesis 7:2), and he was not a Jew. So, are there sins in your life that prevent you from seeing God’s Word clearly, or have you removed the beam out of your eye so as to see things clearly?

Thursday, November 23, 2017

\The last two days we have been addressing why people do not study their Bibles properly in modern times. A third reason is because people treat the writers of the Bible as no one different from writing any other book. There is a difference in inspiration between such. An inspired author is just that, the author of his or her own material. But, according to 1 Corinthians 14:33, God is the author and the people credited to writing the material are just that, mere writers. Unlike the authors that write their own books, the inspiration is not the same for the writers of the Bible “were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:21). So, do you think the writers of the Bible are no one special, or do you see that the Bible is actually God’s creation?

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Yesterday, we mentioned that according to recent polls taken of Christians, only 6% study their Bibles, and then it was mentioned how most of those do not study the Bible properly. Today, we offer a second reason why they do not study the Bible properly. Most Christians believe that if they find a verse in the Bible that if looked at in a certain manner that it supports what they want it to support, they can build a doctrine around that. But that is not proper Bible study, and that is why there are so many different denominations. According to Isaiah 28:9-10, we need to gather all verses on a topic and weigh the evidence. So, those that think Jesus turned water into wine (John 2:1-11) permits drinking alcohol must consider that absolute condemnation of it in Proverbs 20:1 and elsewhere. Further, proper Bible study would reveal that the word “wine” also refers to simply grape juice (Isaiah 65:8). Therefore, all Christians that see nothing wrong wit alcohol are in error. So, do you find verses to support your belief, or do you allow the Bible to speak for itself by gathering all verses on the subject?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The sad part of the poll taken that revealed that only 6% of Christians read their Bibles is that most of that 6% do not study the Bible properly. There are more than one main reasons for that statement. Today, let us address the version reason. Sold as a modern English version of the Bible, it seems we have quite a few easier to read Bibles, but none compare to the KJV. They all claim that the KJV is built upon erroneous transcripts, yet all the modern versions are built from a single transcript copy whose source is questionable (a trash can in Egypt, while the KJV is built from over 300 different translated transcript languages from around the world all saying the same thing. Do keep in mind that no version of the Bible is translated from the original Greek. Just which has more reliability of accuracy then? KJV of course. And does anyone make the connection from the Devil’s perspective that if He cannot stop people from reading it that he would provide not only his version of the Bible but many versions to confuse the truth? So, which version do you use? The trusted and inspired KJV, or a suspect version?

Monday, November 20, 2017

There is something more concerning than the Mark of the Beast! It is true. So many people are focused upon avoiding the Mark of the Beast or are making a joke about it and they forget that something else is worth avoiding a whole lot more. “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Revelation 13:15). So, how concerned are you in trying to avoid the worship of the image of the beast?

Sunday, November 19, 2017

In the United States, many families are making grand preparations this week for the coming event called Thanksgiving, in which people will gorge themselves with all kinds of food. All that work for a short moment in time and yet, preparation for the great supper in Heaven is very much lacking. So, are you making daily preparation for Heaven, or are you just concerned for the food on earth?

Friday, November 17, 2017

When faced with sin, are we like Joseph or David? Joseph facing a strong temptation said, “how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9). And “he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out” (Genesis 39:12). David facing strong temptation, “He saw a woman washing herself; and the woman [was] very beautiful to look upon” (2 Samuel 11:2), and “David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house” (2 Samuel 11:4). Of course, David repented (Psalms 51). But it is best to avoid the sin instead of going through the anguish later seeking forgiveness. So, which are you when it comes to temptation?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

How do you know that your sins are forgiven? The Bible says so. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering” (James 1:6). So, how much faith do you have that when you sincerely confess your sins that you are forgiven?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

“God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble” (James 4:6). When we think of pride, many think of sports figures that declare how they are number one. But pride includes the lack of submitting one’s whole heart, mind, and soul to God as will. The slightest holding onto sin is inclusive of pride. To be humble is to be one that quickly admits that they have sinned, and then “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). So, what “little sins” do you gloss over, or do you confess even every wrong thought (not temptation)?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

So, what is most important to you? Weekends? Family? Sports? Money? Spending? How much time and money are given to God? So many Christians think that if they give God an hour or two once a week and drop $20 in the collection plate that such constitutes a relationship with Jesus, and that would be wrong thinking. To make God first in one’s life is to say, do, and think all to the glory of God. While at work, show how a godly employee is compared to an average employee, and realize that the funds being earned are not for selfish reasons, so not only would tithes and offerings be given back to God, money would be spent on furthering the gospel. While at the store, show what a godly customer is like, as well as, buy only that which is good for the body and not the appetite. While on the road and people are driving crazy and waving their fingers at each other, show the world what a godly driver is like, as well as, not retaliating towards the nut cases on the road. So much more could be mentioned, like watching only that which God would approve of, listening to that which uplifts the soul, and so on, but the bottom line is, do you make God first in everything you say, do, and think?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Statistics show that this generation, known as millennials, are quicker to give up the belief in God and accept atheism as compared to any prior generation. Women are more accepting than the men are, much like Eve was more accepting of the lies of Satan in the garden. But it is not their fault. When lazy parents, generation after generation, think nothing of sending their children to schools in which God is not allowed to have a presence and evolution is the science that is accepted while being subject to mostly unbelievers as their teachers, what do you think the results would become? Exactly what they are today. So, although some may still turn out to be an atheist, do you see the importance of proper Christian education, even homeschooling?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

\Jesus said, “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). Contained in this verse are the three steps of truly coming to Christ. Skipping any step is an imbalanced approach. Too many want to jump to claiming that they follow Jesus. They skip over the denying self part as well as the taking up the cross part. This group lives like the world, allows sin in their lives, have nailed the commandments to the cross, and basically live a poor example of what a true Christian is while claiming to be a Christian. Another group, smaller in size, will put restrictions into their lives. That is the cross part. They are not so worldly but when it comes to complete denying of all their desires, they are quick to excuse deep denying because they are saved by grace and faith but not by works. Both of these groups will be lost in the end. The third group lives in obedience even if what they see is commanded and the consequences of disobedience in this life does not seem all that consequential, they still obey God’s commands. They also keep the letter and the spirit of the law. They “walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). So, which of these three Christian are you? One who is really not much different from the world? One who has separated a bit from the world but makes certain allowance when things get so tempting? Or one who, by the grace of God, lives in complete submission to God denying themselves of all sinful activities and things leading to sin?

Friday, November 10, 2017

Those who love Jesus will keep His commandments (John 14:15). That includes the one that never changed nor was abolished (Hebrews 4). “The sabbath was made for man” (Mark 2:27). Now, this is the first Sabbath of the season that challenges Sabbath keepers to see who is first in their lives (Matthew 6:33). With an earlier sunset, marking the beginning of the Sabbath, it is challenging for employers to leave employees out of work middle of the afternoon for the next four months. When Sabbath keeping is not simply being off the premise but actually in the home with all things in their proper places plus more Sabbath keepers living out of the cities in country homes, travel time and leaving a bit of time prior to the sunsetting to make sure all is in order in the home, keeping the true spirit of preparation, it becomes a real challenge. In some situations, that involve asking the employer to be let a person go home by 3pm, maybe 2pm, even 1pm. Noon is even the preferable thing to do. But the point is, do you trust in God even if your employer may get upset in this 8 to 5 even 7 to 4 schedule, even if they threaten to fire you, or do you exaggerate the excuse of treating these next four months as an animal that falls into a ditch permitting Sabbath breaking for uncontrolled circumstances as Jesus told was allowed, within spiritual acceptance? For those that do not even keep the Sabbath, the question for you is, do you even truly love Jesus who asks us to keep the Commandments (John 14:21)?

Thursday, November 09, 2017

When you expect one thing and get something different, what is your reaction? Most people have a negative reaction even if it is better for them. Some blindly receive the change, and that is not good either. We ought to receive the change with readiness of mind, evaluate it, and if it is better, accept it (Acts 17:11).

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Up to the 1800’s, sports were pretty much unheard of. Although theater existed, it was nothing like the movie places we have today. Television didn’t exist. Although pubs and drinking places existed, it was not like the clubs we have today. Books were far and few between. Food and drink choices were very limited. Ability to go here and there at will was very limited as well. Vacations were unheard of. Children’s toys consisted of a dolly or something else, but not like the hundreds of toys that a child has today and still says, “I’m bored!” And I could go on. My point is, do you see a correlation between God wanting His last day people to spread the gospel so the end comes (Matthew 24:14) and all of the items that were mentioned as being distractions from Satan, or do you just see people just perfecting living life without all that hard labor?

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Autumn, the last great display of color before winter sets in. It reminds me of some Christians. When all is going well, they are the most jubilant Christians to be around. “Praise the Lord”, comes out of their mouths three times in each sentence. But blast them with winter’s cold, and they are naked of trusting in God, walking in faith, relying on hope. They are like the autumn trees giving a burst of color, but then are naked during the winter. We need to be more like the tried and true pine trees. They are green year-round. So, what type of Christian are you? Colorful temporary display, or the steady green no matter what the weather is like?

Monday, November 06, 2017

Remember, when the demands of the world come in all at once, put God’s work first and you will be amazed at how the river of the world’s demands will part, just like the crossing of the Jordon (Joshua 3:14-17). But we have to have faith and go forward. We cannot be waiting for the sign that God will do it. We must step our feet into the water and have faith. Do you have faith, or do you allow stress to wash you down stream?

Sunday, November 05, 2017

You want to stand out? You want to be different? Be a true Christina! “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9).

Friday, November 03, 2017

Several days ago, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, many protestants gathered together to join spiritually back with Rome, in whom they were protesting. They used to protest the unbiblical practices of the Catholic Church. Did the Catholic Church return to the Bible since then? No. The Protestants have also drifted away from Bible doctrine over these past years. Therefore, since both are not biblical anymore, it is no wonder that they have easily joined together while retaining the names of their denominations. Now, what do you believe? “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9). In your life, is it the Bible or the Catholic Church?

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Who rules your life? Christ or self?

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Mighty in action is better in word. Living the Bible is better than knowing the verses by memory. So, are you a living example (2 Corinthians 3:3) or not?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

People talk about how tough they are when it comes to the physical, even mental. They say, “Don’t let anyone put you down.” “Don’t let that hard work stop you!” “Muster up your strength.” But when it comes to the spiritual, where is the tough talk? “Oh, we can’t stop smoking.” “We can’t stop using foul language.” “We can’t stop getting angry.” Nonsense! My Bible says, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). If your version says something differently, maybe you need a different version. So, are you tough against sin in God’s strength, or are you all talk when it comes to tough talk?

Monday, October 30, 2017

What do you feed upon? Are you only worried about what you eat physically or spiritually?

Sunday, October 29, 2017

When people say that we are making their lives more difficult by us making better choices, especially regarding religious and healthy ones, that is their problem. No wonder Jesus said, “And a man's foes [shall be] they of his own household” (Matthew 10:36). So, do you base your decisions upon other people’s reactions, or what is best for your life?

Friday, October 27, 2017

When feeling hounded by temptation, just remember, Jesus was mobbed almost every day with harassment, accusations, gossiping, and much more. By His example, could you tolerate that child that is begging all day? Tolerate the annoying co-worker? Tolerate the incompetent cashier? Tolerate the crazy driver that does not care about anyone else?

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The fifth commandment is about respect. Not only is it about respect for children to their parents but also parents ought to earn that respect. Further, all need to be respectful to authority as well. Even when we stand for the right, respect is still required. So, how respectful are you?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The fourth commandment does not only command to rest but it commands to work as well. "Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work" (Exodus 20:9) while "the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God" (Exodus 20:10). Please note that it is not A "seventh day" but THE "seventh day". God owns that day. "God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made" (Genesis 2:3). It is His prepared day as a gift for us. "The sabbath was made for man" (Mark 2:27). So Saturday night up to Friday night should be sufficient to complete all of our work and not be lazy. From Friday night to Saturday night is God's day in which He says, "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy" (Exodus 20:8). Our part is to remember it. He has already created it. By choosing another day is to reject the day God created for us, no matter what "good excuse" we may have. "But Jesus rose on a Sunday!", people say. "So? He did not command a new day!" (Hebrews 4:8-9). "But Jesus nailed the commandments to the cross???" Actually He did not. He nailed the ceremonial laws to the cross (Colossians 2:14-17). Why would He nail the moral law that protects relationships between ourselves as well as between us and God? Shall we now have other gods and use His name carelessly? Shall we now murder, steal, lie, rape, disrespect, and dwell on wanting what others have? What it comes down to is just the rejection of the Sabbath commandment. How sad it is to reject God's gift to humans. So, will you remember it while working hard on the other days?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The third commandment commands not to take God's name in vain, yet so many take the name Christian and do not act like one excusing sin, claiming that all it takes is to believe once and they are permanently saved, and many more disgraceful things. So, how do you take on the name Christian? Do you live it?

Monday, October 23, 2017

People say, "If a person doesn't watch TV, do amusements, only eats the right things, etc., I can't see how that will stop the sins from happening. People just can't stop sinning no matter how hard they try." First, God says it is possible to live a holy life. Second, have you tried doing it God's way?

Sunday, October 22, 2017

In Revelation 10, God ordains a movement based upon a little book that was closed (Daniel 12:9) regarding a time prophecy (Daniel 8:14) that indicates there is no more time left (Daniel 8:17, 19). This time line, explained in chapter 9, is confirmed to start in 457 B.C. by 3 significant events (baptism of Christ in 27 A.D., crucifixion of Jesus 3 1/2 years later, and stoning of Stephen 3 1/2 years after that). With a warning of a pending mistake in the message being provided (Revelation 10:3-4), 1844 was not the year Jesus returned, but the true message must go forth to the world (Revelation 10:11). So, will you be willing to hear the message and join the movement ordained of God?

Friday, October 20, 2017

"O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works" (Psalms 9:1) has an attitude that does not complaining and involves the whole heart otherwise it is not the whole heart. So, have you really given God your whole heart, or do you give God that part that you find easy to give?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The second commandment is about making any object into a god. One way of doing this is by thinking our possessions are ours. In reality, it is all God's, and how we treat them reveals if we are acting godly or not. Carelessness in handling the object as well as over affection both break this commandment. Carelessness usually means that it does not matter to us if it breaks or not for we will just buy another. That means we think money is ours as well as that object. On the contrary, money is also God's. We are told to simply return a portion back to Him. Therefore, how we spend money and invest it ought to be done according to God's will, not just the tithes and offering. Another possession, which is not ours, is time. By wasting time, which is different from re-creation (not recreation) after a hard period of work, is a form of believing time is ours. Again, it is a gift from God, and it is not ours to do as we please. There are so many more ways people unconsciously break the second command, but have you surrendered all possession to God for proper use, or are you thinking all possessions are your own?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The first commandment is not only about avoiding making Jupiter, Pluto, Mercury, Mars, and such as competition with the true God. It is violated when we say, "I see what the Bible says, but my God is not like that." It is violated when we think we are being led by God but walk contrary to the Word of God. It is violated when we make a pastor or relative superior to the Word of God. So, who do you worship as God?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Stealing is not just taking something that does not belongs to us. Stealing includes carelessly using someone's time in a manner that wastes their time. Stealing also includes leading people on in a manner that steals their feelings. So, are you thinking more spiritually regarding theft, or are you still stuck on the objects?

Monday, October 16, 2017

When Jesus said, "Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Matthew 18:18) that did not give permission to rewrite scripture or replace it with tradition for we know what Jesus thinks of tradition. He said, "Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition" (Mark 7:9) and "In vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men" (Matthew 15:9). What we bind and lose are people from is the oppression of sin. As people hear the gospel and submit to it, "the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32), therefore they are loosed. As "every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved" (John 3:20), they are then held bound. So, how do you bind and loose people?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

"And it came to pass the third day, [which was] Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand: But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them" (Genesis 40:20-22). "But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger. And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded [it] to be given [her]. And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison" (Matthew 14:6-10). Birthdays of the Bible have people losing their heads. So, are you careful in how you recognize your birthday?

Friday, October 13, 2017

Why do people hate the Bible? Jesus prayed, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth" (John 17:17). David prayed, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee" (Psalms 119:11). It has power that no other book on earth has. It has the power to keep us from sinning, which is a sanctified or holy life. But in general, "men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil" (John 3:19). Therefore, the more time we spend in God's Word and less in the books and watching shows that the world has to offer, the more we shall become holy people. And people do not like that. So, how much time do you spend in God's Word?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

While it is true that we ought to avoid as best as possible environments that are full of temptation, we ought to look to Jesus' example before we become a hermit living in a cave on top of a mountain. Do we find Jesus in places like bars, social clubs, etc.? Although not well formed then, there were places of drunkenness and immorality being practiced and we do not see Jesus there. The closest we see is when Jesus went to Matthew's house in which pretty much a wild party was going on, which is different from the wedding party Jesus attended. But do notice that Jesus did not go to socialize. He went and taught in both events. So when invited by friends, even family to social events, acceptance means we are going there to influence people. Going there to enjoy ourselves or simply fit in is selfish and un-Christian. Further, Jesus did not voluntarily go. He was invited. Now look at Jesus again in daily life. Do we see Jesus out and about in the market area? Absolutely. Do we believe everybody was talking and acting holy? Of course not. But the market place is where food is sold and other necessities, so we will voluntarily go shopping as needs arise. Jesus prayed, "I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil" (John 17:15). Jesus also said, "Ye are the light of the world" (Matthew 5:14). Although temptation may be severe while being in the world even for necessity sake, we are to resist being of the world. How else are we to be a light to the world if we are not interacting with the world? So, are you keeping things balanced between isolation from the worldly ways and being a light to the world, or are you enjoying what the world has to offer, or even worse yet, are you isolating yourself that your light is hid under a bushel (Matthew 5:15)?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

When the world rushes in with the demands, remember, God is with you and has made "a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]" (1 Corinthians 10:13). It is not to fantasy land with video playing and TV watching, not an addictive item like smoking or drugs or alcohol. It is peace with God. Will you take that escape?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Do you work for the devil? When the thought of doing something sinful comes your way and you know that you ought not do it, do you then look for ways to cause yourself to slip up and give in? In trying to avoid eating a certain food, do you continuously hang out in the kitchen or make frequent trips through the kitchen looking at it, smelling it? To avoid watching TV, do you encourage others to do it so that you can benefit from it? You already have the victory over the sin, would you actually undermine your strength and become your worst enemy?

Monday, October 09, 2017

We are told to "Take fast hold of instruction" (Proverbs 4:13), which has a double meaning. The first is to not be putting off learning the truth for knowing the truth and applying it is what shall save us. The second meaning is using it as part of the word "fasten". Instruction should be fastened to our lives and not wishy washy. We need to stand firm on the Word of God and not be moved. In other words, be fastened to the truth. So, how quick are you to learn, and how much of it sticks?

Sunday, October 08, 2017

In numbers 22, the prophet Balaam properly rejects an offer of Balak to curse Israel, but then afterwards pondered over the bribe he lost out on because of his obedience to God, and eventually he sets his mind on thinking how to accomplish getting the bribe while staying true to God. Already we see that he is trying to serve God and mammon (anything that is not of God), which is an impossibility (Matthew 6:24). He eventually ends up talking to his donkey, which is empowered to talk to Balaam, as well as, he ends up talking to an angel. Eventually Balaam persists in the desired goal and ends up losing it all, including eternal life. This speaks to us today where we know something is sinful, but we want it and eternal life at the same time, which is not possible. But then we start making concessions. Certain things that lead to outright sin may not be sinful in itself, but we forget that once we begin the course of getting closer to the sin, we have already turned from God. Let us use smoking as an example. A smoker, when they realize that it is sinful, a form of slow suicide covered under the commandment, "Thou shalt not kill" (Exodus 20:13), they may choose to give it up, but after a while the cravings may get too intense and so they start making concessions. They may start sitting around other active smokers breathing in the second hand air. They may rationalize that it is not sinful to sit with family and friends, and we cannot prevent them from smoking especially when it is their home. What we ought to do is choose to walk away while they are actively smoking even if it feels like we are playing yo-yo by leaving every time they light up, but like Balaam, the smoker set already wanting to smoke but knows they are not supposed to will probably choose to stick around. Not only that, they may look forward to the moments that more than one person is smoking at the same time. They may even want to sit closer to the ashtray. They may even offer a light to someone. And finally, when someone offers a cigarette, despite all of the wrestling against temptation, they give in. Taking out smoking and replacing it with the sin you may be struggling with, what steps do you take that are justifiably innocent but since the motive are not correct, has the taint of sin already on it?

Friday, October 06, 2017

Why do people treat new sneakers, new cars, and other material objects with utmost care and then turn around and eat whatever they want? No one would purposely put sugar into a car's gas tank. No one would let a car run without oil. Many wash their cars often. Our bodies were not meant to run sluggishly. They were not meant to be fed with pills just to keep us alive or deal with ailments. And it seems that because at a young there is not an immediate consequence to the actions, they continue to abuse the body not realizing that the quality of life at the end would become an issue. Just about every older adult that is struggling each day to live regrets how they treated their bodies when they were younger. But even at an older age, there is a thought that they would rather be happy and eat whatever instead of eating that which is right to at least improve the quality. So, how are you treating your body?

Thursday, October 05, 2017

We are told to be "bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5). And if we do that, we shall be able to bring our actions into conformity. In fact, that is where the battle should be fought and not on the individual sins. So, what do you think about often?

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Jesus said, "And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple" (Luke 14:27). And that is very much lacking in Christianity. As soon as temptation gets a tad bit strong, the supposed Christian caves in relying on the fact that they are not saved by works, just as the devil would have them think. Though we not saved by works, we certainly are not saved without works (James 2:17). To be a child of God, a follower of Jesus, a true disciple of Christ, a true Christian, one is to be disciplined, bear up their cross, and "resist the devil" (James 4:7). So, are you developing discipline?

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Does the perfect place exist? Not on earth. Jesus said, "Where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal" (Matthew 6:19). All we can do is make the best of things, trusting in God. So, are you making preparations for life on earth or for your heavenly home?

Monday, October 02, 2017

Most household conversations are about what is happening in the news in the form of gossip, talk of TV and movies recently watched, activities of sporting events, secular plans, and the pattern goes on. The Bible says, "And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up" (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). So, how often is God's Word a topic of discussion in your house?

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Today is October 1. So? We ought to treat it like New Years every time a new month starts. In other words, we ought to make a new month commitment. No, do not pick on a single item to cut back on or pause for a while. That is of the world. The Commitment is to not sin. Therefore, see how far into the month one can go without sinning. Also, measure how often one sins during the month, which means, do not stop when a slip up occurs. Concentrating on both duration and amount of sinning ought to reduce from month to month if we compete with our selves every month. So, will you get started even though half the day is already over?

Friday, September 29, 2017

Here on the East Coast, we just had a bit of unseasonably warm weather after having a cold spell where people thought of putting on the heat then but this past week was air conditioning. Recent temperatures felt like high 90's. That is definitely unusual. Many things are happening that are unusual. What would be a good unusual thing would be for people to be true Christians, living in obedience to God, getting rid of selfishness, and being the light that shines in the dark and dismal world. So, are you unusual, or do you go along with the rest of the selfish world thinking of only yourself?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

When we say that we are a "servant of Jesus Christ" (Jude 1:1) that does not mean bowing down all day long. As Jesus said, "Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me" (Matthew 25:40), which means we would serve other human beings. How we treat others shows how we would treat Jesus. That means in the simple things of life, especially in servant roles, how we accept them reveals our attitude towards Jesus. So, how do you treat others? What is your attitude towards menial tasks?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and Romans 3:23 both are examples of telling us that sin is in the past tense. The first gives a list of sins and then says, "And such were some of you" while the other verse uses the word "sinned" and not "sinning". Neither of those verses or others tell us that a Christian continues sinning. So, have you put your sins into the past tense, or is sin an activity that you continue to do often and see yourself doing in the future?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

What if today were your last day? What sins would you hold on to? I would hope none. As they say, live every day as it is your last day (based on Psalms 90:12), but make smart decisions as if you will be here a bit longer. If you are faced with temptation, choose the right way as if it were your last day, but if you have a choice of letting a house fall apart or apply some simple repairs, apply the repairs. So, how do you live your life? As if you will live a long life and be told "[Thou] fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee" (Luke 12:20), or in recognition that we are mortal and we do not have a guarantee of tomorrow?

Monday, September 25, 2017

So, September 23, 2017 came and gone with now a new date being picked for the end of the world. In reading Matthew 24, the chapter revealing Jesus' words of what to look for as the sign of His return, there is nothing regarding numerology being mentioned, yet this numerologist thinks he has figured out the mathematics of the end of the world. No wonder Jesus repeatedly said, "Of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only" (Matthew 24:36). So, do you get caught up in the numbers game, or are you looking at the signs Jesus spoke of?

Sunday, September 24, 2017

With all the earthquakes, hurricanes, and the antichrist running around gathering all nations and religions under her influence, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." So, will you repent and believe that Jesus saves you from your sins?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Just because you have a headache does not mean life is a headache. Do you take it out on others when you do not feel well?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

How long does it take to do what the Lord says? Typically, it is instantly. We ought to react with all future choices as Joseph did, "How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?" (Genesis 39:9) We are told, "Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee" (John 5:14). "Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more" (John 8:11). "For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins" (Hebrews 10:26). "But what if I am weak and slip?" First, people have to stop having lack of faith and planning for failure, but "'My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" (1 John 2:1). So, if you are still living in the same sin, why are you not responding better?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

So, would a daily lifestyle of candy bars and soda be considered sufficient for nutrition? Then why is daily dose of sitcoms, mysteries, and other TV and music considered nutritious spiritually for a Christian?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Choose you this day whom ye will serve" (Joshua 24:15), "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" (Romans 6:16) Do not rely on yesterday's accomplishments nor focus on yesterday's failures. Yes, you can be strengthened by those accomplishments and learn lessons from the failures, but do not allow them to affect you today. And do not be looking at tomorrow's challenges predicting failure nor tomorrow's promises for tomorrow is not here. "Choose you this day whom ye will serve" (Joshua 24:15), not tomorrow, not yesterday, but today. So, who do you choose to serve?

Monday, September 18, 2017

When things do not go as we planned them, even if it was for a godly reason, just maybe there is a different plan allowed to happen for a different purpose. So, how do you react to the change of plans?

Sunday, September 17, 2017

So what is on your mind most of the day? "For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he" (Proverbs 23:7). So, what are you?

Friday, September 15, 2017

"Living for Christ" (Galatians 2:20) means that all our thoughts, words, and actions are for God's service. We will not relax when everyone is cracking jokes, and join in with the cutting ways. We will not fill our minds with worldly ways through books, TV, and movies. We will not want to go to places or do things that Jesus would not participate in today. So, do you really live for Christ or sometimes for yourself?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hurricane Harvey has been described by officials as being a hurricane of one in a thousand years. To have three active ones at the same time and four in one week is unheard of, yet it happened. So did 9/11 happen, and so quickly the run towards God by filling the churches died off. What will it take to wake you up to the nearness of Jesus' return? Are you ready?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The healthiest thing to drink is water, and yes, God wants us to be in health for "your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost" (1 Corinthians 6:19). We know drink is an issue because never before have we had so many distracting choices. Before the 1900's, there was water, coffee, alcohol, and some juices. Today, it seems every day there's a new drink on the market, a new twist, none of which can cleanse the body on the inside. So, will you consider what you drink and increase your water intake to what it ought to be, half your weight in ounces?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Until we develop "The fear of the LORD", which "[is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth" (Proverbs 8:13), we will not see God. To be entertained by such on TV and in the movies and also listen to it in song is not hating evil. So, how much do you hate the evil?

Monday, September 11, 2017

There is a song that says, "Trust and obey, for there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey." Isaiah 50:10 says, "Who [is] among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh [in] darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God." To trust is not just in believing God will ultimately take care of us. To trust is to be obedient to all that He commands without knowing why. Trust that His way is right no matter what. It is alright to eventually know why, but we obey first and discover later, otherwise we trust ourselves instead. So, who do you trust?

Sunday, September 10, 2017

With all these hurricanes battering and threatening, I am reminded of Jesus' parable. "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it" (Matthew 7:24-27). So, are you (the house) built on Jesus and His Word (the rock), or upon people's beliefs and theories (the sand)?

Friday, September 08, 2017

Earthquakes! Hurricanes! And many more disasters are coming! It is, agreeably, signs of the last days. But remember this: Though the nearness of Jesus' return is soon, people are suffering and dying through these disasters, many being lost for eternity. The ultimate sign of the end is that "this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come" (Matthew 24:14). To preach the gospel is more than saying the words; it is about living it. So, will you participate in the last day gospel in both speech and action?

Thursday, September 07, 2017

"Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able" (Luke 13:24), and yet many are so lazy but deceived into thinking that any effort on their part to stop sinning somehow is considered works. So, how much do you strive?

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

When temptations come upon us, "The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe" (Proverbs 18:10). So, do you run to the Lord or do you try to battle the temptation alone?

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

2 Chronicles 35:6 says, "Sanctify yourselves, and prepare your brethren, that [they] may do according to the word of the LORD by the hand of Moses." Jesus said, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth" (John 17:17). Luke wrote, "And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified" (Acts 20:32). Paul wrote, "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word" (Ephesians 5:26) and "For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer" (1 Timothy 4:5). Do you see the power of the word of God to sanctify? Will you now spend more time studying it?

Monday, September 04, 2017

Daniel stated, "I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes" (Daniel 9:3). How determined are you towards God?

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Satan does not have to cause us to sin. Constant distraction from our connection with God is his most successful tool. Is it a wonder why we have had explosion of sports, and celebrities, and political bantering only in the past century and intensifying today? All the Bible characters that were godly seemed not to be caught up with politics, the theatre, nor the amusements of their day. Are you being distracted and caught up with these things?

Friday, September 01, 2017

It is hard to believe that it is September already. Time is flying by and we are another month closer to Jesus coming again. If you have not yet completely surrendered your life to Jesus, what are you waiting for? Time is running out.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Christians are to be optimistic because we exercise faith (1 John 5:4); we have hope (1 Peter 3:15); our trust is in God (1 Timothy 4:10). When we are downers, talking of depressing and dark things, we are actually agents of Satan. So, which kingdom are you working for in your personality?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Bible contains the plans for what is coming upon the earth as the final crisis and how to survive the final crisis, and yet, hardly a Christian is reading it to be prepared. Either they believe it is not for them because it is so far in the future (Matthew 24:45-51), it is not for them because only the Jews have to deal with the crisis (Matthew 24:40-41), or it is not for them because there is no way they can be lost (John 10:28-29). If I were the devil, I definitely would be celebrating for having deceived so many away from being prepared. No wonder all of this is going to come crashing down as a big surprise. "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape" (1 Thessalonians 5:3). So, are you being prepared by studying?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

We may have rainy days and they can be depressing. We may have sunny days and think they are exciting. But if you think spiritually for a moment, sunny days of our lives are usually spent doing our thing and not depending upon God so much. During the rainy days of our lives, we seem to pray more to God and have a closer relationship with Him. God would like to send more sunny days into our lives, but if such causes distance, can you see why God would rather allow more rainy days?

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Moving on with life does not mean moving away from God. What it means is that it is time to implement all the teachings that one was brought with taking full responsibility for everything now. So, how responsible are you towards God?

Friday, August 25, 2017

I pity those that do not observe the Sabbath. Those that even go to church do not know how impersonal a relationship they have with God and yet call themselves a Christian. They go to church for all kinds of wrong reasons. Many go to church because of routine, they like the music, for the "fellowship", maybe even because they like the pastor. But when one spends the day before preparing for the Sabbath and expecting to spend the whole DAY in Sabbath appropriate activity, the once a week church service even takes on a whole new meaning. So, will you consider keeping the Sabbath if you don't already?

Thursday, August 24, 2017

It is the devil's aim to make amusements so attractive to simply make us lose the excitement for holy content as well as holy living. The Bible and sermons all are considered boring in comparison as well as making holy living feel like a life of depravity. The devil makes it appear as if one is missing out on good memories, living life, and more. So, are you being attracted to these things and away from God's Word?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The saying, "Give an inch and they take a mile" is definitely applicable towards the devils. Open up to just a little temptation, and they rush in and overcome us. No wonder Jesus said, "Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly [is] ready, but the flesh [is] weak" (Mark 14:38). Are you watching, guarding against all temptations?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Trust is something earned, but when broken, it is hard to regain. How careful are you in protecting that trust?

Sunday, August 20, 2017

God says through the writer of John, "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" (1 John 2:1). After we commit a sin in our weakness instead of being strong in the Lord, we ought not to fear to come to Christ and confess it. At the same time, our Advocate is not one that we ought to abuse either for "If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame" (Hebrews 6:6). God has made provision for the rare weak moments. That provision is not to be abused with the same confession over and over. Either we are not serious about gaining victory over sin or we are simply cheapening grace. So, are you serious about victory over sin knowing that in our struggle if we are overcome we have an Advocate, or do you abuse that privilege?

Friday, August 18, 2017

If we restrict hate speech and hate marches, who defines hate? Besides, eventually, as history proves, it will be taken to the extreme. Anything considered offensive will be labeled hate. In fact, it already is. Telling truth will be considered hateful. Just remember, God allows us the freedom to sin and does not send lightning bolts upon us for the slightest infractions. So, do you really believe in freedom of speech, even though many use it irresponsibly, or do you want to take away that freedom?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

In raising ANY child, God says, "Train up a child in the way he should go" (Proverbs 22:6), but today, we have all kinds of excuses as if God did not foresee ADD, ADHD, Autism, etc. In other words, to say, "that was then but we're dealing with mental or neurological issues that were not around back then" is to say that God does not know "the end from the beginning, and from ancient times [the things] that are not [yet] done" (Isaiah 46:10). The God I serve does know these things. And God says, "I [am] the LORD, I change not" (Malachi 3:6). God does not say, "If the child does not respond as expected, then CHANGE if you are going to correct it or not." Sure, the method of correction can change because of lack of effectiveness, but a correction must be ministered consistently. If a parent corrects and then uses the ignore method and then switches again, it strengthens the rebellion in the child. And do this for multiple infractions over time, the child then senses their ability to wear the parent down and be allowed to get away with things. Oh, the child may appear to concede on one point with the ignoring but it will manifest itself in another way. Consistent addressing of infractions is the only way to rid a child of rebellion. "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes" (Proverbs 13:24). So, how inconsistent are you when it comes to parenting?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Stimulation may not be sinful but still wrong. When we partake of the stimulation so much so that it causes a distaste for the calm reading of the Bible, sermon listening, and other religious exposure, that is when the devil wins. The devil is not all about causing people to sin; he does not want people getting serious about God nor learning his truth. So, how much stimulation do you expose yourself to each day?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

It is amazing how people will endure all kinds of things for secular activity but for God, people simply roll over. No matter the lack of sleep, they are up for work on time or at an event of amusement on time, but for God's church service, they are asleep. For the latest gadget, they are willing to pay any price, but for Go